Police name women, daughters killed i...

Police name women, daughters killed in 2 pedestrian crashes

There are 20 comments on the The Associated Press story from Mar 29, 2008, titled Police name women, daughters killed in 2 pedestrian crashes . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Police are identifying two women killed with their young daughters in separate pedestrian crashes.

Ocean City Police say Zanele Khumalo, a 36-year-old Baltimore teacher, and her daughter, 3-year-old Hadiya Khumalo, were hit by a U.S. Coast Guard SUV while trying to cross Coastal Highway at 62nd Street around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police say Khumalo was in the crosswalk, but proceeded against the signal and oversized vehicles may have hidden her from the driver's view until it was too late. Read more

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Nompumelelo Ngubo

Cape Town, South Africa

#1 Mar 31, 2008
As much as Zanele was in the wrong and made a bad judgement, there's a grieving family halfway across the world. We are grieving not just the loss of one, but two treasured souls. So before anyone starts persecuting the mothers of these children for being irresponsible, pray for the departed and their families.
dalep927

United States

#2 Mar 31, 2008
Nompumelelo- You are correct, there are probably many, many people grieving and this is such a sad tragedy. My husband was there, he saw it as it happened and the sad thing is, it could have been prevented.Most of the pedestrian injuries and deaths are because people cross against traffic or dart out between vehicles. I also came to the scene about 1/2 hour after it occurred, my heart also went out to the young man from the coast guard who was sitting in the middle divider crying, this is something that will also stay with him for the rest of his life and even though he could not have avoided the accident, it will tear him apart forever.
Kruczer

Mckeesport, PA

#3 Apr 1, 2008
HOW sad for both party.. see people dont see both people.. the people who die and the people on the other side.. that poor man is going to live with that for the rest of his life.. and it is true.. I have been to OC MD.. and to cross the street.. you need a crossing guard.. the lights are not enough.. think of the people who have lost there lives in the past.. maybe something should be done different.. summer isnt even here yet.. prays go out to both familys..
Lulu Sililo_ South Africa

United States

#4 Apr 2, 2008
I personally know Zanele's sister, it's not easy to loose our loved ones especially two souls and when they were so far away from their family. Our prayers are with the Khumalo family and we pray that their soul rest in peace.
Sihle

Winston Salem, NC

#5 Apr 2, 2008
I also knew Zanele from S. Africa and both of us came together to the US. As a matter of fact my wife and I spoke to her 5 days before she passed away. It is beyond belief that she could make such a fatal error in judgement. Those roads must be confusing to peoplpe who are not local. That was a smart woman and she would never put her and daughter's life in danger. It is a pity that we are foreigners, things will not be investigated as thoroughly as they normally would have been. An indian man was killed in NC at Duke Univ. They could not catch the killer until the same murderer killed a US citizen at Chapel Hill. Coincindence? Maybe.
Josh

Lillington, NC

#6 Apr 3, 2008
I am very saddened. I knew Zanele, and she was one of my good friends. I student taught for her when I was a senior in high school just 2 years ago. She and my mother were co-workers at a middle school in North Carolina. My mother talked to her last Wednesday, the day before it happened. My mother said she remembered her three year old daughter's voice on the phone, "Bye Grandmama...I'm going to the beach." That's what she called my mom, "grandmama." To my knowledge she had no family in the States, only in South Africa. I was in shock and disbelief when I found this out, as I had spoken to her last just before Christmas...my mom spoke to her last week. Please keep her family in your prayers. This is so tragic. I agree with the above poster, Zanele is incredibly smart, and she would never put her daughter's life in danger. I am still in disbelief of how this could have happened.
Evelyn

Lillington, NC

#7 Apr 3, 2008
Zanele Khumalo and her daughter, Hadiya were my precious friends. Zanele came to America to share her passion for teaching with our children in NC and Md. All those who knew her loved her free spirit, incredible smile and zest for life. I am deeply saddened and will continue to keep her family in my prayers as well as the young man who was driving the vehicle. Her students and coworkers will also be remembered in prayer. It was a tragic accident, but heaven is the home of two more dear angels.
Asanda Ngubo

South Africa

#8 Apr 14, 2008
Zanele may have been wrong by crossing the road against traffic but I personally think it was meant to be that she & Hadiya pass on in this way.We have lost an aunt and a wonderful cousin but they still live on in our hearts. my prayer these days is that may their souls rest in peace and my God give the driver of the SUV peace and forgive him. Thank you to all of Zanele's friends who assisted us in this time of need
Ningi Mdletshe

Johannesburg, South Africa

#9 Apr 15, 2008
I am a sister to Zanele, and am trying to come to terms with my beloved sister and niece's death. I have seen photos of where the accident happened, and I personally don't think the road is as confusing as it has been made out to be. My sister would never put her daughter life in danger. And until I see a video clip of the accident , which the police are refusing to release for the next two months,I do not believe she was at fault. Any eye witness who saw otherwise is welcome to contact me on [email protected] The police have the audacity to go search my sisters bags at the hotel to see if she was not taking any subsatnce, and they neglect to do any tests whatsover on the driver!!!
Plenties

Johannesburg, South Africa

#10 Apr 15, 2008
dalep927 wrote:
Nompumelelo- You are correct, there are probably many, many people grieving and this is such a sad tragedy. My husband was there, he saw it as it happened and the sad thing is, it could have been prevented.Most of the pedestrian injuries and deaths are because people cross against traffic or dart out between vehicles. I also came to the scene about 1/2 hour after it occurred, my heart also went out to the young man from the coast guard who was sitting in the middle divider crying, this is something that will also stay with him for the rest of his life and even though he could not have avoided the accident, it will tear him apart forever.
The man you saw crying in the middle divider, was not the driver, he was the passenger. The driver was in the SUV the whole time, and no he wasn't crying.
Lulama NC

Charlotte, NC

#11 Apr 15, 2008
Zanele and Hadiya are sadly missed by many people all around the world. Zanele had an amazing aura around her; happy and at peace in this chaotic world. She dearly loved her baby. She was an intelligent woman and a great teacher. Great things have been said about her on national TV here in the US by her colleagues, her students and by her supervisers. The news of her and her daughter's death was indescribably devastating. Our thoughts are with her family members and all her friends. May their souls rest in peace.
Zonah Khumalo

Johannesburg, South Africa

#12 Apr 15, 2008
Zanele was my sister, Zanele is still my sister. Hadiya is still my niece. People should learn to think before they comment. I dont expect them to be empathetic or the whole world to stop and stand still now because our tragic loss. Zanele and Hadiya will live on in our hearts forever. Who are we judge and blame? God be with the driver of that SUV. A wise man once wrote " You only fully comprehend the meaning of death when it hits home." We shall try to live on and hope to eventully come to terms with our loss.
Josh Aranda

Micro, NC

#13 May 21, 2008
I don't know if its too late for me to post again, however, IF ANYONE HAS THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ZANELE'S FAMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA COULD YOU PLEASE EMAIL IT TO ME? I have been trying for weeks to find my address that I had for them in Durban, South Africa, and cannot find it. My mother has contacted the school in Baltimore and they promised to email the information, and they STILL have not! It has been almost 2 months since their deaths and I've wanted to send some kind of sympathy card or condolences to the family. My mother who taught with her as well would like to speak with or write to the family. I pray someone will get this message that knows Zanele. I still think about Zanele and Hadiya quite often. I also would like to know if she and Hadiya were flown back to S. Africa to be buried or were they buried here in the U.S.?
My email: [email protected]
Thanks you so much!
God Bless,
Josh Aranda
Ndumiso Ngcobo

Durban, South Africa

#14 Aug 8, 2008
I'm an old, old friend of Zanele's who, for a totally unrelated reason, tried to make contact with her after more than a decade. Imagine my surprise when I came across this story. What a tragedy. I hope Ningi reads this and contacts me at [email protected]
OC REGULAR

Bethpage, NY

#15 Aug 8, 2008
Kruczer wrote:
HOW sad for both party.. see people dont see both people.. the people who die and the people on the other side.. that poor man is going to live with that for the rest of his life.. and it is true.. I have been to OC MD.. and to cross the street.. you need a crossing guard.. the lights are not enough.. think of the people who have lost there lives in the past.. maybe something should be done different.. summer isnt even here yet.. prays go out to both familys..
Hello, this is SUMMER..many people arrive in ocean city for sun and fun but leave common sense and caution at home. Realy sorry to hear of this. This particular intersection is very dangerous, so many different directions of vehicles on the move.
Peace
Diane Best-Warsaw NC

Rougemont, NC

#16 Dec 25, 2009
I am Diane Best from Warsaw, North Carolina. I knew Ms. Khumalo when she came to work at Warsaw Middle School in Warsaw, North Carolina. I had been trying to contact her for almost a year. I googled her name anywhere in the USA and I know that you all can imagine my pain when I read the article that both she and Hadiya had be killed in an accident. You all must know that Zanele would never do anything to harm her daughter. I agree that it was the way the Lord wanted them to go. I also believe that they are in heaven with Him. I was there when Zanele gave birth to Hadiya and I was the one who cut the cord. I will truly miss my friend from so far away. She was a light in a dark world and had a great love for people and life. I still cannot believe that this is true. If anyone can tell me how to get a package to her parents. I met them when Zanele was in Johnston County and I took them to the airport when they left. I have the only pictures of Zanele giving birth and pictures of Hadiya sone after her birth. My email address is [email protected]
Stupid comment

Washington, DC

#17 Feb 12, 2010
"the way the Lord wanted them to go"? And exactly how would you know that? If the God you believe in thinks that running people and their little children over with SUVs is a good way to take people, I think you ought to reconsider whether or not that belief is just too stupid for anyone to accept. The deaths of these people was a terrible tragedy, I agree. But to say it was God's will is outrageous.
Diane Best-Warsaw NC wrote:
I am Diane Best from Warsaw, North Carolina. I knew Ms. Khumalo when she came to work at Warsaw Middle School in Warsaw, North Carolina. I had been trying to contact her for almost a year. I googled her name anywhere in the USA and I know that you all can imagine my pain when I read the article that both she and Hadiya had be killed in an accident. You all must know that Zanele would never do anything to harm her daughter. I agree that it was the way the Lord wanted them to go. I also believe that they are in heaven with Him. I was there when Zanele gave birth to Hadiya and I was the one who cut the cord. I will truly miss my friend from so far away. She was a light in a dark world and had a great love for people and life. I still cannot believe that this is true. If anyone can tell me how to get a package to her parents. I met them when Zanele was in Johnston County and I took them to the airport when they left. I have the only pictures of Zanele giving birth and pictures of Hadiya sone after her birth. My email address is [email protected]
Best

Four Oaks, NC

#18 Mar 25, 2010
Stupid comment wrote:
"the way the Lord wanted them to go"? And exactly how would you know that? If the God you believe in thinks that running people and their little children over with SUVs is a good way to take people, I think you ought to reconsider whether or not that belief is just too stupid for anyone to accept. The deaths of these people was a terrible tragedy, I agree. But to say it was God's will is outrageous.
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No, Washington, DC----This was not such a stupid comment. I don't know the will of God and I can't became to say why things happen as they do. I can only spectulate. I do know that God's Son was crucified and this was all in God's plan. So now ask yourself...Was this in His will.
Best

Four Oaks, NC

#19 Mar 25, 2010
No, Washington, DC----This was not such a stupid comment. I don't know the will of God and I can't begin to say why things happen as they do. I can only spectulate. I do know that God's Son was crucified and this was all in God's plan. So now ask yourself...Was this in His will?
Paris W

Nashville, NC

#20 Jan 19, 2013
Ms. Khumalo was my 8th grade teacher at Warsaw Middle School in Warsaw, NC. I know that i'm late about finding out but I just so happened to think about her the other day (reminiscing about my middle school days)and decided to Google her name and I find this and a few other articles about her passing. It's so sad that she and her daughter passed away like that. She was a good teacher and i'm sure she's missed by many. Rest In Peace Ms. Khumalo and Hadiya

Paris W.

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