Santa Cruz man crushed by 10-tonne truck

The own­er of a truck­ing com­pa­ny was crushed to death af­ter the ve­hi­cle fell on him on Sat­ur­day.

Robert Cu­pid, of San­ta Cruz, the own­er of Lounick Trans­port was do­ing me­chan­i­cal re­pairs to one of his 10-tonne trucks when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

His son, Nicholas, who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, with the help of oth­er work­ers used a crane to pry the truck off and pull his fa­ther’s body out.

The in­jured man was tak­en to a med­ical fa­cil­i­ty but died while un­der­go­ing emer­gency treat­ment. The in­ci­dent oc­curred short­ly af­ter 1 pm.

Cu­pid and his fa­ther op­er­at­ed the busi­ness and very well-known to the com­mu­ni­ty of San­ta Cruz.

Over the past two days, sev­er­al peo­ple have of­fered their sym­pa­thies to the Cu­pid fam­i­ly many of them re­mem­ber­ing the “good deeds” of the busi­ness­man.

One per­son post­ed a mes­sage to Nicholas on his Face­book page: “Let the lega­cy con­tin­ue,” “My con­do­lences again Nicholas, but I know that you will rep­re­sent well cause you are cer­tain­ly your fa­ther’s son and will con­tin­ue on well in his foot­steps! Your fa­ther did a great job while he was here and brought you up to be the same way...So chest up son, your job has just be­gun...let the lega­cy con­tin­ue.”

Fu­ner­al arrange­ments are yet to be fi­nalised.

- by Rhondor Dowlat