A 16-year-old boy attempts to test his driving skills with his mother’s car at the Arena Shopping Mall, Oshodi Lagos State, Nigeria, and it results in costing a life.
The victim, who is identified as Mrs Taule Iwejim, was allegedly walking to where she was going to buy goods for her shop when she was crushed by the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle).
While the teenager was struggling with the car, he put it in reverse and hit the 50-year-old woman a second time.
The woman was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi Araba Surulere, Nigeria, where she had surgery before she died on Thursday the 4th of September 2020.
The deceased’s husband, Christopher Iwejim, stated that his wife suffered life-threatening injuries from the accident.
He stated that they were told that the boy and his mother went to the market to buy some things and his mother told her son to wait in the car while she packed the remaining items, while the boy was inside the car somebody shouted that the vehicle was obstructing traffic and asked that whoever owned it to park well, and instead of the boy saying that he was not the driver he decided to take the key from his mother’s handbag and start driving.
Christopher Iwejim went on to state that the boy managed to put the gear in drive but forgot to use the brake and that was how he hit Taule Iwejim, and while he struggles to put the car in reverse he hit her again.
She sustained what he would call first degree injuries on both legs from the waist down, and the boy also damaged some billboards and structures in the market.
The N400 000 ($1 040, 91) had been found to be stolen from the woman while being released from the accident.
Christopher Iwejim stated that his wife was taken to a private hospital in the area, and then she was referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Their son, Amos Iwejim, stated that his mother spent about three weeks at the hospital, where the doctors struggled to save her life.
He stated that 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 that there were iron rods in her leg and there was a hole in the leg.
As the medical expenses increased the victim’s family went into an agreement with the boy’s family to share the bill 50-50.
However, the boy’s mother, identified as Victoria Ogunleye, had allegedly shown up to the hospital twice with N100 000 ($260, 23) on each occasion.
The family allegedly spent close to N1, 5 million ($3 903, 42).
Amos Iwejim stated that he was surprised that while his mother was in hospital the military police released the vehicle to the Ogunleye’s.
He stated that the military police called his father and stated that the woman wanted to take her vehicle and his father told them not to release it but to their surprise they gave the family their vehicle.
Lagos University teaching Hospital later stated that they want to perform surgery on the woman, a day after the surgery she came unstable and they called her husband to ask if they could afford ICU because her breathing was not good, he agreed and she passed away on the third day.
Amos Iwejim put the fault on the hospital’s management for not handling his mother’s condition properly.
A representative of the Ogunleye family had a meeting with the deceased’s family on Wednesday, the 9th of September 2020, and Sunday, the 13th of September.
The Iwejim’s stated that the boy’s family should take care of the funeral costs and fulfil the agreement to share the medical costs by 50%.
The deceased’s husband acknowledged that the military police made no arrest and were more concerned about their damaged facilities.
The mother of the boy declined to comment and stated that she was busy.
A senior official of the military police, Captain Fidelis Ekwote, has also declined to comment when asked about the alleged release of the vehicle involved in the accident.