The Free State police are investigating the tragic deaths of two Pretoria residents who were discovered in their tent at a campsite in Clarens. The victims have been identified as Sharon de Villiers, aged 50, and Carl Koen, aged 52. They had attended a Suzuki Jimny event at Langkranz in the eastern Free State.
According to Captain Loraine Earle, a spokesperson for the police, the incident occurred during an attempt to set a world record for the most vehicles simultaneously turning on their headlights. The event’s organizers alerted the authorities after making the grim discovery.
While dismantling tents on Monday, September 25, event organisers detected a gas odour emanating from one of the tents. Upon entering, they found the couple, who were still in their bed. Tragically, they were pronounced dead at the scene, and no signs of foul play have been reported.
Carl Koen, who held a degree in informatics from Unisa, was a former Hoërskool Silverton and Hoërskool Overkruin student. He was also a Mustang Musketeers Club SA member, as indicated by his Facebook profile.
In a heartfelt tribute to her father on Facebook, Jennifer Rose Koen expressed her deep sadness and described her father as an amazing dad and best friend. She cherished their countless moments and wished for more time together.
Suzuki SA marketing manager Brendon Carpenter confirmed that an official representative from the Guinness World Records was present during the event and verified that the gathering of 787 Suzuki vehicles simultaneously turning on their headlights had indeed broken the world record.
Suzuki Auto South Africa expressed its profound sadness over the tragic loss and extended its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two victims.
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