A preliminary report by a private investigator appointed to look into the car crash that killed Gavin Watson, Bosasa’s grand boss, found Watson had not been speeding five seconds before crashing into a concrete pillar.
The preliminary report by Konrad Lotter, an expert on road accidents, has been finalized but must still be substantiated by police information.
The findings revealed important information about what happened in the seconds before the August crash.
Watson was driving a company car, a Toyota Corolla.
Watson’s nephew, Jared, says Lotter’s report confirms the preliminary pathology report found Watson had died before the accident.
“The lack of markings on the scene indicates that the steering wheel was not handled and that he did not swing.”
Jared had previously told Network24 that Watson’s heart seemed to have stalled before the accident. Otherwise, there would have been more blood on the scene, he said.
A forensic expert who prefers to remain anonymous has now confirmed to News24 that this would be the case. He says that although there are no CCTV cameras at the scene, there will be footage from the highway nearby. The police should have it already.
Two other investigations into the accident are also underway – one by Toyota and another by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (PVBK).
The PVBK confirmed that it had already sent a report to the police.
However, Toyota declined to comment because the matter was being investigated by the police.
According to Jared, the accident report confirmed that “eyewitnesses lied”.
One person who said he was an eyewitness told News24 he saw Watson’s car pull down on the side of the highway, with his emergency lights on, before he drove on.
Watson then increased his speed, passed the eyewitness, and then crashed against the pillar as he approached the airport.
The eyewitness said the vehicle was traveling at speeds of more than 100 km / h.
Police did not respond to inquiries.