Simon Masilo of Kara Heritage Institute says the family of Gift Leremi carried out an African ritual by collecting their son's spirit from the scene of the accident.
Leremi's father Robbie Leremi was seen gathering blood-soaked soil from the accident scene yesterday.
Masilo says family elders spoke to Leremi, pleading with his spirit to come home.
"The sand collected from the scene will be poured on his grave when he is buried," Masilo says.
He says when a person has died in an accident, the family will not slaughter and his body will not leave from home.
"Families that adhere strictly to the African way of life do not cook food for people who attend the funeral when the deceased died in an accident.
"The hearse can pass by the family house, but his body does not have to leave from there," Masilo says.
Leremi, 22, died after he apparently lost control of his car on Monday night along the R556 between Brackendowns and Vaal Road in Alberton.