The attempt by a 16 year old boy to put his driving skills to with his mother’s car at the Arena Shopping Mall, Oshodi, Lagos State, has led to a disaster which cost a life.
According to information gathered, the victim, Mrs Tuale Iwejim, was going to buy goods for her shop when the ugly incident occured.
The teenager had struggled with the Sports Utility Vehicle, and was said to have put it in reverse which hit the 50 year old a second time.
The woman was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere, where she had surgery before her death.
The husband of the deceased, Christopher Iwejim, said;
“We were told that the boy and his mother went to the market to buy some things. After they did, the woman asked the son to wait for her in the car so that she could go and pack the remaining items.
“While the boy was inside the car, somebody shouted that the vehicle was obstructing traffic and asked the occupant to park well. Instead of him to say he was not the driver, he took the key from the mother’s bag and started driving.
“He managed to engage the gear on drive, but forgot to use the brake. That was how he hit Tuale. While struggling to put it on reverse, he hit her again. She sustained what I will call first degree injuries on both legs from her waist down. The boy also damaged some billboards and structures in the market.”
The teenager and his mother were said to have spent about three weeks at the hospital, while the doctors battled to save her life. The husband of the deceased continued;
“When the accident happened, she was stuck in a gas cylinder, and when they tried to remove her, some parts of her flesh got torn. Her hip bone was divided from her body. It also appeared like there were iron rods in her leg and there was a hole in the leg,”