Girl hit while flee­ing cut­ter

Pretoria News - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE goitsemang.tlhabye@inl.co.za

THE City of Tsh­wane will, de­spite the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­sti­tute in­ter­nal pro­cesses against its con­tract grass cut­ter who al­legedly threat­ened a 13-year-old with a grass trim­mer.

Bianca Jenk­in­son suf­fered a bro­ken nose, bruised eye as well as scraped hips, shoul­der and knees af­ter she was hit by a mo­tor­bike while flee­ing from the man.

She said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred when she and her el­der sis­ter Do­minic and their 17-year-old friend were sent to the shops in Queenswood along Nico Smith Street on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

They came across three con­tract work­ers cut­ting grass along the pave­ment.

While they tried their best to walk around the work­ers, Bianca al­legedly asked the men to turn off the ma­chines to let her pass as she was scared.

How­ever, she said the men laughed at her. She told the Pre­to­ria News: “I was re­ally scared, but I tried to walk past them and that is when one of them turned and started chas­ing me with the grass trim­mer. That is the last thing I re­mem­ber.”

Ac­cord­ing to the friend, as soon as Bianca tried to run away she was hit by a mo­tor­cy­cle while an­other car ap­proached, with the driver dis­tracted while tex­ting on a phone.

The friend said: “I didn’t even think. I saw that the driver had not seen the ac­ci­dent and was go­ing to run Bianca over; so I jumped into the road and shouted at him to stop.”

A mo­torist who saw the ac­ci­dent from his rear-view mir­ror stopped to as­sist the chil­dren. The grass cut­ters al­legedly ran away.

Bianca’s grand­mother, Jenni Wil­son, said she was be­yond grate­ful that her grand­daugh­ter had not died. “I un­der­stand that they were prob­a­bly jok­ing and just try­ing to scare the chil­dren, but they saw her get run over from be­hind by the mo­tor­cy­cle; the least they could have done was to stop the other cars from run­ning her over.”

City spokesper­son Lin­dela Mashigo said they were ex­tremely wor­ried and con­cerned about the in­ci­dent. He said five em­ploy­ees had given state­ments to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

He said: “We will al­low the crim­i­nal case to pro­ceed and have an in­ter­nal process as well.”

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI/ANA

Bianca Jenk­in­son, who was hit by a mo­tor­bike while be­ing chased.

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