A devastated Bloemfontein couple is grieving the death of their little girl, who died after a horrible road accident.
The grief was visible on the faces of Anele Qakoshe and Nnuku Qothelo the moment they discovered their child Puleng Qothelo (10) had been hit by a motor car on Thursday (28/01).
The incident took place on the R702 regional road, which borders two residential neighbourhoods: Hillside View and Caleb Motshabi. The two settlements are located in the southern part of Bloemfontein.
The couple was hopeful the child would recover after the paramedics and emergency personnel had rushed her to the Pelonomi Hospital for treatment.
However, it was not to be, as Puleng reportedly succumbed to injuries she sustained when the car had hit her.
Qakoshe said the doctor who examined Puleng informed him that she had sustained severe internal and external injuries.
“I was told her injuries were too severe and she was bleeding internally,” said Qakoshe.
“According to the doctor, her head injuries were also severe.
“It is the most devasting thing to have happened to a child we loved so much. We had high expectations, as she was bright and doing well at school.”
Puleng was a learner at the Karabelo Primary School in Rocklands and was looking forward to starting Gr. 7 this year.
Shortly before the incident on Thursday, the child had gone with her peers to fetch wood at an illegal dumping site on the edge of the road. The car apparently hit her when she tried to cross the road, returning from the dumping site.
An eyewitness has heaped praise on a police officer from Rouxville who, upon seeing the incident, stopped to attend to the accident scene.
The unidentified officer even controlled the high volume of traffic until the road was cleared.
This busy road has become even more dangerous to motorists and pedestrians alike, due to residents disposing of refuse along it.
The illegal dumping site is a direct result of residents’ negligence to care for their own environment and of by-laws being flouted.
The police are investigating the matter.