He had been happily washing his car and the next thing he was dead, said a neighbour of Joseph Monauna, 48, who died when he crashed a bicycle into a wall.
Sunday’s incident has left his family and neighbours in Isipingo’s Lotus Park traumatised.
Althash Govender, Monauna’s neighbour, said he called out to Monauna, whom they fondly knew as Joe, to join him for his birthday celebrations from the driveway they shared in Sunbird Crescent. They chatted while Monauna washed his car.
“We were sharing a few jokes and then he took my son’s mountain bike for a ride in the car park. I think he went to buy a headache tablet from the shop down the road. He was riding alongside his son,” Govender said.
Moments later, Monauna’s son ran back home crying. Monauna, according to witnesses, went down the hill towards the shop at a high speed and was unable to stop the bike.
Shop owner Younus Deedat said Monauna came towards a bend on Thrusher Place and lost control. The bike climbed a small verge and hit a kerb which flung him in the air and he collided with a brick pillar holding up the driveway gate.
Monauna, a father of three, was a manager of Bidvest Coin Security in Richard’s Bay.
Robert Mckenzie, Emergency Medical Services KZN spokesperson, said Monauna died before the ambulance arrived.
Sunil Brijmohan, Isipingo ward councillor, said it was a tragic incident.