| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
A MALE student of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College was allegedly knocked down by a vehicle as he was crossing the road near the college around noon yesterday.
According to a report from the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Central Police Station, BSB received a call at 12.35pm about a student who was hit by a vehicle near the SOAS College.
The 14-year-old student was hit by a car driven by a 22-year-old male.
At around 12.30pm the driver was on his way from Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) and heading towards Tasek Lama.
After exiting the slip road, the vehicle hit the victim, who was crossing the road, the police report stated.
The victim was believed to be crossing the road from SOAS College to go to Pusar Ulak Primary School.
He sustained severe injuries to his head, on his hands and feet.
He was rushed to the Accident and Emergency of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and was treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
At press time, it was learnt the boy was in a stable condition.
The social media went on overdrive and wrong information was spread.
The police last evening confirmed it was not a hit-and-run as some people thought the driver was going to speed away but he in fact was trying to pull over.
The driver has been released on police bail and investigations are continuing.
Hj Amirul, a former student of the school who used to live in the area, suggested that the relevant authorities build a pedestrian overbridge for the safety of the students. “I graduated from the school many years ago and I remember how dangerous it was crossing the road just to get home, I think it’s about time for the situation to change for the better,” he said.
Fellow students and ‘O’ Level extra class teachers of SOAS College performed congregational Sunnat Hajat prayers yesterday afternoon for a speedy recovery of the boy.