Written by Claudia Smith
Thursday, 03 January 2013 20:39
Police authorities at the Zone Seven Depot in Caldwell are currently investigating circumstances that led to the death of a 5-year-old boy identified as Silent Dweh.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Coffee Farm, Caldwell Community.
According to police preliminary investigation, the little boy was crossing the road along with other siblings when motorcyclist Abdulai kallon ran dragged him on the sidewalk.
The child was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Eyewitness accounts said the boy was brutally injured by the motorcyclist, who at the time was reportedly playing style with his bike and ran into the boy who was standing on the sidewalk.
According to 6-year-old Rebecca Wesseh, who companied the Dweh on the road to take pictures, they were standing on the sidewalk when the bike hit the little boy and threw him into the air.
The boy reportedly cried: “my head, my head,” as Rebecca immediately ran home to tell her mother that Silent had died.
The eyewitness said after hitting Little Silent, the motorcyclist continued to drive despite the child being dragged by the bike from one junction to the next.
The eyewitness indicated that the news put the Dweh and Wesseh families on their feet as they made their way to the hospital where they met Little Silent lying on bed without being given any treatment on grounds that he was already dead.
The child was then pronounced dead about 8pm and carried home to be prepared for burial.
Kallon told the police preliminary investigation that he tried to avoid hitting the child by kicking him out of the way, which in turn caused him to be dragged and seriously wounded.
Kallon, who is a Sierra Leonean, claimed that he was not under any influence at the time of the accident noting, “I was not drunk or high”.
Meanwhile, motorcyclist kallon, 16, has been detained awaiting further investigation.