MANGOCHI, A seven-year-old boy was on Thursday afternoon killed in a road accident when he attempted to cross the road near Mangochi Market Turn � off along the Mangochi � Namwera Road, police have confirmed.
The accident occurred around 2PM when the boy, Gift Mlelemba, a Standard 2 learner at Mangochi CCAP Private Primary School attempted to cross the road from one side to the other to buy water, according to eyewitnesses.
The eyewitnesses told Malawi News Agency (Mana) said the vehicle, belonging to Mota Engil, was cruising from the Bakili Muluzi Bridge direction heading towards Mangochi Town when it hit and ran over the boy without stopping.
It was a terrible sight and the impact was so hard that the boy’s head was severely crashed, one witness told Mana on condition of anonymity.
He said the boy had just knocked � off from school and together with a colleague were killing time at a shop where the latter’s mother works as the two awaited part � time classes at their school.
Someone from the next shop had sent the boy to go and buy water from the other side of the road and it was on his way back that Gift met his fate, the eyewitness added.
The eyewitness said the driver attempted to speed away but some Chinese businessman gave the speeding car a chase and intercepted it somewhere around the traffic robots leaving the driver with no option but to stop and eventually surrender himself to police.
Confirming the accident, Mangochi Police identified the driver as Timothy Dzuluwanda, 35, from Mkanda Village, Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mchinji and that he was driving a Toyota Hilux twin cabin registration number BT 732.
The vehicle was speeding and following the impact, the boy sustained a deep cut in the head. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mangochi District Hospital while the driver escaped unhurt, said Mangochi Police Station Deputy Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Amina Tepani -Daudi.
Dzuluwanda has since been charged with reckless driving that caused death and he is currently in police custody awaiting trial.
Mlelemba hailed from Namakasu Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA