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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:50

Student passes away after car accident

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MARGEAUX ERASMUS: Jarred Thain, a second-year student studying landscape architecture, passed away on Tuesday morning due to severe brain injury.

Thain was involved in a car accident on Lynnwood Road on 4 May. He was the driver of the car and his friend, also a second-year landscape architecture student, Michael Wood, was in the passenger seat. Wood has been released from hospital and is recovering.


Brooklyn Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Annabel Middleton, told Perdeby that according to the police statement Thain was busy pulling out of a parking area when a speeding car hit them from behind. The impact pushed the car over the cement island into oncoming traffic where a truck collided with their car.

“A case of negligence and reckless driving has been opened,” said Officer Middleton. She added that culpable homicide will be added to the main complaint.

Thain’s father, Lee Thain, told Perdeby that Thain was a wonderful boy. “I know it is a difficult time for all of us,” he said, but he urged students who knew Thain to “be strong”.

A friend of Thain’s told Perdeby: “[Thain] was always one to make other people smile and cheer up. He taught a lot of people many lessons of life. He didn’t care who you were or what you looked like, he treated everyone the same. He was an amazing guy and so many people loved him.”

Wood told Perdeby that Thain was “a kind, honest guy who always tried to make things better for everyone else. He always saw the lighter side of life and made a party out of every situation.” He added: “[Thain] will never be forgotten and may his spirit live on in all students and lecturers who had the privilege to meet this angel, Jarred Anthony Thain. Rest in peace, shaparrinos and fresh for days.”

Student Affairs Vice-Principal Prof. Nthabiseng Ogude said, “The university wishes to express its deepest sympathy with Mr Thain’s family and friends,” and added that the funeral arrangements for Thain have not yet been finalised.

Go to pPerdeby7412a or click here to read Wood’s full message about Thain.

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