Call for speed humps after death

2015-10-06 06:00
The family of Yasser Hendricks (photo) sits with his picture after the 13-year-old was knocked by a car and died hours after. Residents are now calling for speed bumps in Surran Road after the incident.  

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The family of Yasser Hendricks (photo) sits with his picture after the 13-year-old was knocked by a car and died hours after. Residents are now calling for speed bumps in Surran Road after the incident. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The distraught family of a 13-year-old Hanover Park boy who was knocked and killed say they are still coming to terms with his death.

Yasser Hendricks was playing outside just before 18:00 when the accident occurred on Tuesday 15 September.

His mother Madenieyah Hendricks and grandmother Farieda Hendricks recall the day and says they are still struggling to come to terms with Yasser’s death.

“I was inside bathing my two-year-old daughter while he was playing outside. My mother and I heard a car coming down the road at a speed. My mother still said that the person was going to kill somebody driving like that,” Madenieyah says.

Farieda adds it was seconds after she uttered those words that we heard a loud bang.

“All I heard was a loud bang outside and screeching. Immediately I thought of Yasser who was still playing outside and I ran for the door. When I got to the door I first thought it was a dog that was knocked because I couldn’t see,” Farieda says.

But on closer inspection she found that it was her grandson.

“Before my mom went out the door she asked me where Yasser was and I said he was inside because he normally comes in for maghrib (Muslim prayer time). But when I looked, he wasn’t here yet. After she went outside she shouted that it was Yasser laying in the road. He was knocked,” Madenieyah recalls.

Yasser’s family then ran to the scene and found him with injuries to the right side of his body.

“He was laying there in pain and when I touched his hand and asked him to say something he didn’t respond. Minutes later the ambulance arrived and he was transported to hospital,” Madenieyah says.

Yasser was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital and hours later he passed away after it was found that he was brain dead.

“Yasser was hooked to machines but doctors told me he was brain dead. They told me that if we kept him on the machines he would suffer. They then let me turn off the machines myself,” Madenieyah says.

“We have been crying every day since the accident. It does not get easier. His Eid clothes are still in the cupboard.”

Madenieyah says her son, who loved to play soccer, was very excited to go to high school and wanted to provide for his family.

Social Democratic Party president Ricardo Sedres says the community is now calling for traffic calming measures along Surran Road due to many accidents occurring on the stretch of road and to curb reckless driving.

“Here have been too many accidents on this road and we want it to be decreased. We are concerned for residents and especially our children’s lives who play in the park in Surran Road as well,” Sedres says.

Ward councillor Antonio van der Rheede says he visited the scene of the accident and heard the pleas of residents for traffic calming measures in the road.

“I have explained to the residents what process we have to follow if we intend to have traffic calming measures placed along this road. I now wait on the residents to formalise their request and we can take it from there,” Van der Rheede says.

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