Young girl dies after bakkie crashes into jumping castle

The street where the accident occurred. (Netwrk24)
The street where the accident occurred. (Netwrk24)

Cape Town - “Her little heart was still beating, but her brain was dead. The hospital recommended that we switch off the machines which were keeping her alive.”

That’s how Vincent Christians, speaking at his home in Belhar, Cape Town, recounted in heart-wrenching detail his daughter's death.

Five-year-old Vinisher was one of six children injured during a birthday party in Delft on Wednesday when a bakkie ploughed into the jumping castle they were playing on.

The child whose birthday it was, Farah Ely, 3, was also admitted to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town with head injuries, Netwerk24 reports.

Delft residents said the bakkie overtook a red Volkswagen Jetta at high speed. 

“The bakkie was on the wrong side of the road. The driver lost control and the bakkie smashed with its rear end into a car which had been parked in front of the house. Then it landed on its side on the jumping castle. Crates of beer fell out,” Thea-Liam Ely, 16, said.

The jumping castle was on a cement slab in front of Farah’s parents’ home.

Thea-Liam and his 16-year-old cousin Diego (Farah’s brother) were there to keep an eye on the little ones.

Sombre mood

According to Robert Daniels, spokesperson for the Emergency Medical Service in the Western Cape, six children were admitted to the Red Cross- and Tygerberg hospitals.

“Three girls (3, 5 and 11) and three boys (4, 7 and 12) were taken to hospital. Two of the girls (3 and 5) as well as the 12-year-old boy were in a critical condition.  

Darren Frances, a spokesperson for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, confirmed that Vinisher had died in the hospital’s ICU.

During the visit by Netwerk24, the mood was sombre in the house where the party had been held. A few slices of cake were the only reminder of a birthday party. 

Christians' 12-year-old son is still in a critical condition in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

“My wife is very distressed. We don’t know what to do.”

Farah has severe bleeding on the brain and will have to undergo surgery, her grandmother, Annie Samuels, said. “It is terrible that a children’s party had to end in such a way.”

Police spokesperson Sinathi Joni said no arrests have been made. “The police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.”

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