ZIMBABWE – A Chitungwiza one-year-old baby died on the spot after a commuter omnibus driver forgot to check underneath his vehicle and ran over it in St Mary’s on Saturday.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the mishap urging motorists to observe road rules and regulations in order to safeguard lives.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the death of a one-year-four months old infant who crawled underneath a parked commuter omnibus vehicle,” said Snr Ass-Comm Charamba.
“The incident occurred at house number 650 St Mary’s in Chitungwiza.
“The driver returned and drove off without checking and ran over the child.
“The child sustained serious head injuries and died on the spot.
“Drivers are urged to check underneath their vehicles especially in residential areas where the possibility of children playing underneath vehicles is very high.
“Parents must constantly monitor their children and ensure that they do not play on the roads,” said Snr Ass-Comm Charamba.
In a related incident Snr Ass-Comm Charamba confirmed the death of a pedestrian in a road traffic accident and the commuter omnibus driver with passengers on board fled the scene.
“The accident occurred at Windsor TM Supermarket, Ruwa along Harare–Mutare Road where a commuter omnibus with eight passengers on board fatally hit a pedestrian who was crossing the road.
“The pedestrian sustained serious head injuries, fractured legs and died on the spot. The driver of the commuter omnibus fled the scene.
“Police are urging all motorists to avoid speeding and drivers to desist from the deplorable behaviour of not stopping and reporting accidents,” said Snr Ass-Comm