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Petrol attendant facing culpable homicide charges after death of pregnant woman

Belinda Louw, 35, was run over by an SUV while waiting for her car to be washed at the petrol station.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed that a case of culpable homicide has been opened against a petrol station employee who allegedly caused the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in Pretoria.

Belinda Louw, aged 35, was run over by an SUV while waiting for her car to be washed at a petrol station in Gezin.

It's understood the employee was trying to move one of the cars he was washing but he lost control of the vehicle.

Police say a case of negligent driving was initially opened after Louw survived the accident but lost her unborn baby.

However, the case was then changed to culpable homicide when the mother later died in hospital.

The police's Coba Brits said, "At first, a case of negligent driving was opened and afterwards it turns out to be a case of culpable homicide."

Louw was due to deliver the baby less than a week after the accident.