Tributes pour in for M4 cyclists

Jared Dwyer (36) and far right, Richard da Silva (46), were tragically killed in an accident on the M4 on Sunday morning.
Jared Dwyer (36) and far right, Richard da Silva (46), were tragically killed in an accident on the M4 on Sunday morning.

THE two cyclists tragically killed in an accident on the M4 this morning have been named. Richard da Silva (46) of Glen Anil and Jared Dwyer (36) of Glenwood. The duo were part of a group of around 30 cyclists from the Kings Park Cycling Club on an early morning training ride when disaster struck.

In a statement released today, the club stated the group was riding in the yellow demarcated left side of the road when a vehicle travelling at high speed collided with the two rear most riders.

The driver of the vehicle, 33, is being detained at the Durban North SAPS and is facing charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide. He is due to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court this week.

Durban North resident, and club committee member, Sean Lucien, said the cycling fraternity were in mourning. Both men’s Facebook pages have been inundated with messages of condolences and tribute.

One post read: Our cycling community mourns at the loss of a special friend and fellow rider, You will forever be remembered RIP Jared Dwyer, taken far too soon. Please pray for their families and loved ones during this extremely tough time

Another reads: Words cannot express the sadness & utter grief you are feeling now, When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Rest in peace my friend, you will be sorely missed Richard da Silva xxx. 

This is the second tragedy on the M4 following an accident on Friday where a pedestrian was hit near the Virginia off-ramp. He was declared dead on scene.

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