Boy (4) dragged 50m un­der­neath car, dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo/Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy from Plumtree died af­ter he was knocked down by a car which dragged him for about 50 me­tres while trapped un­der­neath.

Wandile Sibanda was knocked down by the car as his mother was wait­ing for him at their gate as he crossed the road on Satur­day at around 2PM. He had just been dropped off by his aunt across the road from his home.

Wit­nesses said they sus­pect that the driver of the ve­hi­cle that hit the boy was drunk. The boy was rushed to Plumtree Dis­trict Hospi­tal and later trans­ferred to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals where he died that night.

Wandile’s aunt, Ms Is­abel Ng­wenya, said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter she had dropped off her nephew near his home. “I had gone with my nephew and I re­turned to drop him off in the af­ter­noon. I was in the com­pany of my fam­ily and we parked the car across the road op­po­site his home.

“My sis­ter was stand­ing by the gate wait­ing for him. As he crossed the road I no­ticed that there was a speed­ing ve­hi­cle that was ap­proach­ing and I ad­vised him to be cau­tious. As he reached the end of the road the car hit him and dragged him along the road for about 50 me­tres while he was trapped un­der­neath,” she said.

Ms Ng­wenya said peo­ple called out to the driver to stop his ve­hi­cle but he did so only af­ter he had knocked down Wandile.

She said the driver who ap­peared to be drunk told them that his brakes were faulty, hence he failed to stop the car on time.

Ms Ng­wenya said her nephew was still alive fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent and was scream­ing in agony be­cause of the pain.

“When we got to Wandile he was still stuck un­der­neath the car. We pulled him out but he was badly hurt. He was bleed­ing from all over the body and there were pieces of his flesh and bones on the tarred road. His state left all of us shaken. “We took him to Plumtree Dis­trict Hospi­tal but he was im­me­di­ately rushed to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals as his con­di­tion was crit­i­cal. When we re­turned to UBH on the fol­low­ing morn­ing he had died,” she said.

Ms Ng­wenya said his nephew’s death had left their fam­ily heart­bro­ken. “It was re­ally painful to watch my nephew die that way. We could all see him be­ing dragged by the car but we couldn’t do any­thing ex­cept to scream and shout. My sis­ter is dev­as­tated by her child’s death,” she said.

Mr Sim­ilo Ndlovu, the coun­cil­lor for Ward 3 where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, said the en­tire com­mu­nity was dev­as­tated by the ac­ci­dent.

Mean­while, a Bu­l­awayo man died when a ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing col­lided with a Dokotela Bus at the in­ter­sec­tion of Robert Mu­gabe Way and Five Av­enue. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened yes­ter­day at around 5AM. It is sus­pected that ei­ther the de­ceased or the Dokotela Bus driver at­tempted to go through a red ro­bot re­sult­ing in the col­li­sion.

An eye­wit­ness, Mr Siphosethu Ntini, said: “I was walk­ing along Robert Mu­gabe Way and be­fore I crossed the ro­bots, an ac­ci­dent oc­curred just be­fore my eyes. I just heard a big bang and the next thing a silver car was stuck be­low a bus.” he said.

Bu­l­awayo act­ing po­lice pro­vin­cial spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said po­lice were work­ing to no­tify the driver’s next of kin.

“The de­ceased’s body was taken to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) and we are yet to iden­tify it and no­tify his next of kin and rel­a­tives. His pas­sen­ger, a woman, sus­tained in­juries and she was taken to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” he said. — @ DubeMatutu -@thamamoe

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