Woman drives over, kills son (6)

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

A DRIV­ING les­son ended in tragedy when a Bu­l­awayo woman ran over and killed her six-year-old son while try­ing to drive through a gate.

Mr Michael Chite­hwe was al­legedly teach­ing his wife Felista to drive when she lost con­trol of the car at their home in Queens Park West sub­urb on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The boy died on the spot. Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube con­firmed the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

“We re­ceived a re­port of a boy who died af­ter be­ing hit by a car that was be­ing driven by his mother,” he said.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited their home yes­ter­day, the grief stricken fam­ily was still try­ing to come to terms with the death of their son.

Mr Chite­hwe con­firmed the in­ci­dent but de­clined to com­ment, say­ing he was still in shock.

A res­i­dent, who re­quested anonymity, said the cou­ple ar­rived home on Satur­day af­ter­noon and stopped at the gate when their son, who was play­ing out­side, ran to open the gate.

“The lit­tle boy ran to open the gate and stood by the side. For some rea­son his mother lost con­trol of the car and hit the side of the gate where the boy was stand­ing. He died on the spot,” said the neigh­bour. The boy will be buried to­day. Res­i­dents spec­u­lated that Mrs Chite­hwe may have ac­ci­den­tally stepped on the ac­cel­er­a­tor in­stead of the brake.

Mean­while, a man from Bu­l­awayo died on the spot when he rammed his car into Umguza Bridge.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the 11km peg along the Bu­l­awayo-Harare Road yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Mr Sizani Maphosa, who was driv­ing a Nis­san March from Bu­l­awayo to­wards Fair­bridge, is sus­pected to have lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said he had not re­ceived the re­port yes­ter­day.

When The Chron­i­cle ar­rived at the scene, Mr Maphosa’s body lay on the road­side while work­ers from Shark re­cov­ery were load­ing the wrecked car onto their truck.

Of­fi­cials from In­ter­toll told The Chron­i­cle that the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 8AM.

“The ac­ci­dent must have oc­curred at about 8AM. We passed through the bridge just be­fore 8AM and when we came back min­utes later we saw the wreck­age of the car and the man’s body in­side,” said an In­ter­toll of­fi­cial who de­clined to be named.

He said Mr Maphosa’s body had mul­ti­ple in­juries, es­pe­cially on the head.

The of­fi­cial said they called the po­lice who at­tended the scene.

Some passersby spec­u­lated that Mr Maphosa could have com­mit­ted sui­cide as there were no skid marks on the road to show that he at­tempted to avoid the ac­ci­dent.

Oth­ers, how­ever, ar­gued that he could have been disturbed by an­other ve­hi­cle. — @pame­lashumba1

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.