Batteson-Kritzinger died on the scene five kilometres from Theunissen in the direction of Brandfort, Free State after a collision between the bakkie she was travelling in and a Toyota Tazz. According to the South African Police Service the driver of the Toyota Tazz was in the wrong lane after overtaking another vehicle. In an effort to avoid the collision, the bakkie overturned and Batteson-Kritzinger died on the scene and her Mother in law, Alna Kritzinger died on the way to Hospital.
Batteson-Kritzinger's husband, Jake Kritzinger, and her father-in-law, Koos, were admitted to Mediclinic Welkom. Jake was taken to theatre on Saturday night to treat his lacerations, while Koos was held overnight for observations. Hospital manager, Frans van Niekerk, says both are in a stable condition in a general ward and family and friends are at their bedside.
OFM general manager, Nick Efstathiou, said Batteson-Kritzinger will be sorely missed - she brought lots of joy and happiness to her environment and has been part of the OFM team for more than six years. "At this stage we are still awaiting information from the family regarding the funeral and memorial service and will therefore make any announcements as the week progresses".
A dedication to Batteson-Kritzinger will be broadcast on OFM during The Effect
with Yolanda Maartens on Wednesday, 6 between 9am and 10am.