Toddler run over in driveway

2012-09-18 00:00

A VISIT by an uncle to deliver school uniforms ended in horror on Sunday night when he accidentally drove his bakkie over his three-year-old niece as he arrived at their Pelham home.

The toddler died in hospital.

The family are still in shock after the incident, which happened in the driveway of their Christie Road home.

The uncle, Bheki Nkosi, told The Witness yesterday he was traumatised and would need counselling.

“When I entered the gate, I did not see Asande because of the height of the Toyota Hilux bakkie I was driving,” said Nkosi.

After the accident, he picked Asande up and rushed her to hospital for medical attention, and then reported the accident at a police station.

Asande’s family told The Witness that she was playing with other children when Nkosi arrived. Her older sisters rushed to open the gate and, unknown to Nkosi, she followed. She was knocked down as he drove in.

Asande’s mother, Mabongi Mzila, said she was at work when she received a call, telling her that her daughter had been injured.

“I phoned her father and rushed to Medi-Clinic hospital, where they told me about the accident,” she said.

Mzila said that Asande was “full of love, as she would always hug everyone coming to our home, with a smile”.

“She always danced and played with others. She was a bubbly child.”

Asande’s aunt, Nelisiwe Ndaba, said it was a difficult time for the family.

“We were not here when the accident happened, and it’s painful for everyone to come home to this kind of news.”

The toddler’s sister and cousins, who watched in horror as the accident unfolded before them, did not go to school yesterday as they were traumatised.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they were investigating a case of culpable homicide.

He said Asande sustained head injuries and died in hospital.

No arrest has been made.

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