Charlene Drotsky (34), a stay at home mom from Klerksdorp, North West, was involved in a hit and run accident on 2 April 2022, while on holiday with her fiancé , Corné Viljoen (39) in Malmesbury, Cape Town.
After spending a night out with friends, a man with a bakkie offered to give Charlene and her friends a lift home. Charlene, who was the last one to be dropped off that night, could never have imagined what would happen next.
When Charlene arrived at her destination and tried to exit the vehicle, the driver reversed unexpectedly, trapping Charlene’s left leg under the front wheel of the vehicle.
Instead of stopping to help Charlene, who cried out in pain, the panicked driver tried to make his escape, driving over Charlene’s waist with the front and back tyre of his vehicle, before leaving her in severe pain on the road.
Hearing the commotion outside, Corné rushed to Charlene’s side and phoned emergency services. The driver had already vanished.
Speaking to News24, Corné said:
“When I saw what has happened to my fiancé, I thought it was over for her. I saw her getting pulled in under a bakkie, I saw her getting dragged into the road. I can still hear her screaming for help as I tried my best to fight the driver to switch off his bakkie, but I was too weak,”
“I managed to run a few metres away from the vehicle towards her as I thought he drove over her head. I remember I started shouting and screaming at God, asking him to please not let my fiancé die,”
The case is currently under investigation at Malmesbury Police Department.
Currently, Charlene is being treated for critical injuries at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
She’s sustained multiple injuries including a broken scapula, pelvis and several broken ribs. She also suffered internal bleeding that resulted in her contracting septicemia and had bleeding on her lungs that needed to be drained.
Due to the damage to Charlene’s pelvis, she has lost the function of her left leg and faces a long road to recovery.
“Charlene is a wonderful mother and a kind-hearted person who didn’t deserve to be discarded the way she was. This incident has devastated our family, especially Charlene’s two boys, Cayden (13) and Calden (9), who weren’t convinced that she survived the ordeal. They don’t understand what has happened and cry daily for her to come home” – says Charlene’s sister, Marcelle
Crowdfunding on BackaBuddy
As Charlene doesn’t have medical aid, and Corné has been unable to work while spending time at Charlene’s side in the hospital, Marcelle, Charlene’s sister, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to assist the couple during this difficult time.
Hoping to raise R75 000 with the support of generous donors, the family hopes to transfer Charlene to a private hospital in Klerksdorp, where she can get the best possible care, and be close to the boys that miss her dearly.
Funds raised will also help cover Charlene’s medicine, walking aids, as well as the physical and emotional therapy she will need to recover. Additionally, funds will also be set aside to support the family with their living expenses.
“The most difficult thing is feeling hopeless and helpless when someone you love is struggling or in pain. We hope that the public will help lighten the financial burden we are facing and help us seek justice for what has happened to Charlene. We couldn’t be more thankful for the love and support we have already been shown” – says Marcelle
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