Mum sees son run over by car

2012-11-16 00:00

A RICHARDS Bay mother said she would never forget the sight of her son being knocked down by a car this week.

Rinesh Rampersadh (10), known as Ransley, was scheduled to undergo brain surgery late yesterday at Netcare The Bay Hospital after being hit by a microbus on Monday. His brother Riley (12) also witnessed the accident.

Rhoda Phekoo said she was standing on the pavement waiting for Ransley to cross the road with Riley, who usually helped his younger sibling. Ransley is epileptic and suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

“When Ransley got off the bus there were children who were pulling his bag, he got irritated, shouted at them and ran across the road with the fear the children would run after him. As he was about to reach the pavement [where I was standing] the car knocked him,” said Rhoda.

“I stood there helplessly and watched my son as he was knocked into the air. I felt my world falling apart, but because of my strong faith in God I know he will recover.”

She described her son as a sociable and loveable child who was always laughing and friendly with the neighbours. “There is never a dull moment when he is around … I felt like it should have been me who got knocked down. Riley is also not coping after witnessing this,” she said.

Rhoda and husband Rajesh have been a steady presence at the hospital since Monday, and both say they harbour no ill feelings towards the driver, a woman who runs a private service ferrying children between suburbs.

She has made contact with the family and been to the hospital to inquire about Ransley’s condition.

Richards Bay police spokesperson, Captain Debbie Ferreira said a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened.

The driver was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

City of uMhlathuze spokesperson, Vukile Mathabela, said a team from the municipality would visit the scene of the accident next week to come up with ideas of how to make the bus stop and road area safer for school ­children.

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