A Zambian truck driver has been fined $6 000 or serve four months in a Zimbabwean jail after he hit a motorcyclist and drove off without stopping or reporting the accident.
Eugine Banda (43) who is employed by SANHE Transport and Logistics based in Kabwe in Zambia, hit Phillip Sibanda who was cycling along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road last month.
Banda, who was reportedly speeding and failed to apply brakes, was carrying 33 000kg of cobalt hydroxide and did not stop after hitting Sibanda leaving him for dead at the 392km peg.
Banda was arrested following investigations and was hauled before Victoria Falls magistrate Linda Dzvene facing three counts of negligent driving, failure to stop after a serious accident and failing to render assistance to the injured person.
He pleaded guilty to all three counts and the magistrate slapped him with a fine of $6 000 or be jailed for four months in default.
Prosecuting, Asher Chindedza said Sibanda fractured his leg and sustained some injuries and police officers who attended the scene referred him to Victoria Falls Hospital where he was treated and discharged.