Pretoria family wants answers after accident

Sunelle Dartnall (31) was involved in a scooter accident. Photo: Supplied

A family is desperate for answers after their daughter was killed in a scooter accident recently.

André and Merinda Dartnall’s daughter, Sunelle (31) was involved in an accident on Nelson Mandela Drive on 20 March.

Sunelle had left her home in Centurion around 13:30 and was on her way to the Pretoria CBD.

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She was driving an orange and black 150 cc Johnway Scooter with the registration number DV71JL GP.

Her parents said the scooter had still not been found.

“We are looking for any eyewitnesses who might have seen the accident.”

Merinda said they had laid a charge at Pretoria Central police station.

Police told us no foul play was suspected. They believe she only fell from her scooter,” said André.

“For this reason they cannot investigate any further,” said André.

The Dartnalls however, said the severity of Sunelle’s injuries made it difficult to believe the police.

Merinda said Sunelle’s jaw, arm, ribs and pelvis were broken and her lung was punctured.

“We don’t believe she gained these serious injuries from only falling,” said Merinda.

“How could she suffer such serious injuries from only driving 100km per hour?”

The Dartnalls said a couple phoned and told them about the accident.

The couple said they did not see the accident, but phoned the Advance Life Support paramedics who transported Sunelle to Steve Biko academic hospital.

Merinda said Sunelle was still conscious when the couple found her.

“She was able to give them her parents’ phone number.”

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Sunelle was found about 150m away from her scooter.

Merinda said they heard reports that there was four police officers who investigated the scene after the accident, but when she tried to contact them these officers could not be found.

“She was such a friendly, people’s person. She loved having people around her,” said Merinda.

“They already turned off her life support when we got to the hospita, so her organs could not be donated, but we did manage to donate her tissue,” said Merinda.

Sunelle was cremated last week.

Sunelle leaves behind her fiancé Hennie, son Nathan (14) and two-year old daughter Kaitlin.

Anyone who might have seen the accident can contact, André on 071-675-1903 or send an email to [email protected]

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