28 Dec 2016 19:10pm
GOBABIS, 28 DEC (NAMPA) - A 13-year-old teenager is receiving treatment at the Windhoek Central Hospital after he was run over by his father on Sunday.
The incident took place at farm Cuicus located 25 kilometres from Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
Namibian Police Force acting regional commander of Omaheke, Deputy Commissioner Marcellus Maritshane told Nampa on Monday that the boy and his siblings were playing in his fathers vehicle.
When they saw their father walking towards them, he ran to behind the vehicle and his siblings into the house.
Unfortunately, the father allegedly reversed the car without checking behind the vehicle where the boy was hiding and drove over him, said Maritshane.
The boy was immediately rushed to the Gobabis State Hospital that afternoon and was later that day transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital before the Windhoek Central.
He is said to be in a critical condition with serious injuries.
Maritshane urged drivers to be cautious, particularly when reversing.
A case of reckless and negligent driving was opened at Gobabis Police Station but the father was not arrested.
A similar incident occurred about two weeks ago, when a two-year-old boy at Otjiwarongos Extension 5 died after his father accidentally drove over him while reversing at their home.
The 31-year-old man allegedly did not see his son while reversing the Toyota Land Cruiser.
He was also not arrested but a case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.
In an unrelated matter, 16-year-old man died when the vehicle he was in overturned along the road between Otjombundiro and Ozombouvapa village in the Omaheke Region.
NamPol preliminary investigations indicate that the unlicensed driver of an Isuzu KB 300 pickup lost control of the vehicle when he tried to avoid hitting a donkey. The pickup then overturned killing the 16-year-old passenger, only known as Hendrick, and whose next of kin has been informed.
Maritshane warned vehicle owners to not allow unlicensed persons to drive their vehicles.