Hit and run driver knocks dead 12-year-old pupil in Mukono

Hit and run driver knocks dead 12-year-old pupil in Mukono
Runaway driver knocks dead 12-year-old pupil, Alice Sheila Namwanje.

Mukono, Uganda | URN | Police are hunting for the driver of a Toyota Hilux vehicle, Reg no. UBK 108P that allegedly knocked dead a pupil and injured four other people in Mukono along the Kampala-Jinja highway on Wednesday 8, February 2023.

Alice Sheila Namwanje, 12, a primary seven pupil of Naluse Primary School in Mukono municipality was knocked dead while crossing the road from her home together with her classmate, Jenipher Namatovu at Upper Kauga, Butebe Cell.

They were walking close to Paul Kalyango, a teacher of Naggalama Senior Secondary, and Diana Namulindwa, a senior two student of Bishop Senior Secondary School when the vehicle that was destined for Kampala ran over Namwanje. 

Teopista Nakirijja, an eyewitness says that motorists from either side of the road had stopped to allow the pupils to cross, but from nowhere the driver of the Hilux overtook other vehicles and knocked the minor.

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She says that the driver at first tried to park alongside the road but then rammed into a boda boda rider.

As more people gathered, he immediately switched on the siren and sped off. The boda boda rider whose identity wasn’t readily available is admitted in the intensive care unit at Mukono General hospital while Kalyango was referred from Ebenezer Medical Center to Mulago National Referral hospital for specialized treatment and Namulindwa is still receiving treatment at Ebenezer Medical Center.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango has promised to give a detailed report about the incident after getting a postmortem report.

Namwanje’s father, Charles Kalyango, says that his daughter died on the way to Mukono Church of Uganda Hospital for specialized treatment. He says that they initially managed to rush her to Bwino Medical Center but the health workers couldn’t manage her condition.