Drag race ends in death of youth

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An uncle warned headstrong youths in Mochudi not to play with cars as though they were toys. They did not listen. One of them is dead, another in intensive care. In this picture, spectators watch as daredevil youths rev up their kusheshe engines at a 'Spin City' event in Gaborone last year

MOCHUDI: "Alcohol, car racing and spinning do not go together."  These are the words of the uncle of a young man who ended up dead after he and his friends paid no heed when the elder warned them to stop playing with cars as if they were toys.The nephew is reported to have been driving a Nissan GX 3000 with friends who had earlier gone on a drinking spree associated with month-end.

According to an eyewitness at Masakeng Bar, their vehicle was laden with a variety of alcoholic beverages. The young man lies dead in a mortuary at age 30 while a 26-year-old friend of his is in a critical condition at Deborah Retief Memorial Hospital's ICU. This is the end of a drag race in which these young men were joined by their friends spinning in old model BMWs that are popularly known as matchbox or kusheshe. The daredevil racing and spinning reportedly went into the wee hours of Sunday along the new Mochudi-Morwa road in the vicinage of Masakeng Bar.The tragic end came at approximately 0200 hours when the young man who was at the steering wheel at the time - one of four in the Nissan - failed to negotiate a curve.

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