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Pistorius's brother 'badly hurt' in S.Africa road crash

Published on Aug 2, 2014 5:22 PM
Carl Pistorius (second, right) and Aimee Pistorius (right), the siblings of South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, sit at the High Court in Pretoria during Oscar Pistorius' trial on July 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - The older brother of South African Paralympian and murder defendant Oscar Pistorius is in hospital after being "badly hurt" in a road crash overnight, the family said Saturday.

Carl Pistorius "was badly hurt but we are thankful that he is out of danger," family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said in a statement.

He had been driving along South Africa's main N1 highway heading to Pretoria on Friday night when his car was hit head-on by another car that had swerved from the opposite side of the expressway into the oncoming traffic, she said.

Carl was acquitted in May last year of culpable homicide and reckless driving over a fatal crash in 2008 in which his vehicle collided with a motorbike driven by a woman who died in hospital a few days later.

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