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Filipino boy, 6, dies after being hit by taxi in Sharjah

Child killed while crossing King Faisal Road

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:14 October 28, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: A 6-year-old child died of injuries after being hit by a car in King Faisal road on Monday evening in Sharjah.

According to police, the victim, a Filipino boy, was hit by a Sharjah taxi while crossing the road on his own.

The child died on the spot due to the impact of the collision.

Police patrol and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident where they pronounced the victim dead. His body was moved to hospital.

The taxi driver has been taken to Al Buhairah police custody for interrogation .

Comments (27)

  1. Added 18:16 October 29, 2013

    Condolence to the family

    Chander, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:37 October 29, 2013

    It is a really sad news to hear. But i would like to question the parents of this boy that why did he cross the road alone? i have noticed many kids crossing the roads and because of their mistake of not looking to their right or left for the vehicle the driver gets blamed unnecessarily sometimes. I would like to advice parents not to allow children below the age of 10 to cross the roads. May god bless their son and may his soul rest in peace.

    Nerissa Cardozo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:09 October 29, 2013

    I have been driving in UAE for 5 years and I have seen unimaginable irresponsible behaviour of pedestrian which has ruined the lives of innocent drivers who work day and night to make some living and run a big family back in their country. I have experienced a toddler crossing a main road at night in an impression that this is some sort of playground. Luckily I saw that kid & aware all the other cars by flashing hazard lights. I or someone must have drove over the child if I was a bit fast or a little inattentive. Trust me, scientifically you can't stop a car even travelling at a speed 40KM/hr if someone just jumps in front of you.

    Alam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:05 October 29, 2013

    Condolence to the the family. The taxi driver is in custody now and subject to worse situation for him and his dependent. Pedestrian crossing is becoming a nuisance for the UAE roads. Strict disciplinary and heavy fines has to be implemented on the for illegal pedestrian crossing across all emirates in UAE.

    Joby, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:02 October 29, 2013

    All SHJ taxi drivers are always busy in talking talking talking and so many of them are angry without any reason. If frustration is there than they should go home and rest, Nobody cares about traffic. They are really horrible!!!!! RIP child.

    KB, SHJ, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:42 October 29, 2013

    My Condolence to the family, We cannot only blame Driver for this as it was an accident. Parents should have been much more careful with the child as it is our responsibility to take care of our own kind then comes the others. Def, the driver would have tried to Stop or the Boy might have been very close that he couldn't stop. Pity on the Driver.

    Ranjith, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:28 October 29, 2013

    condolence to the family.

    aminah, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:08 October 29, 2013

    I was shocked to see a 2 year old child alone at middle of a road at Muhaisnah area when a Bus was coming. The bus was not speeding, and the Driver could see the child crossing the road and by God's grace he had managed to stop . The child is so small to get the attention of the driver in case child had started crossing while bus was very near. Before I could reach the child from a 100 Meter distance, a lady ( I can not call her "mother", though she is the mother of the child) came and took the child without expressing any emotions. Who is responsible for such incidents? Is it Driver or Parent? Why Mother can't hold the hands while walking through roads?

    JAMES XAVIER, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:04 October 29, 2013

    To Paul, Burhan's comment is right. Even if the driver is well below speed limits, they will not be able to brake in time if somebody suddenly crosses in front of them. It is not always the driver's fault when there's an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian. You are right too, why was the boy crossing on his own in such a busy street? He was only 6, so where were his parents/guardians at that time? At that age, he won't know where to cross nor judge when would it be safe to cross. Condolences to the parents for the loss, and let this be another eye-opener for proper road etiquette both for motorists and pedestrians.

    Farah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:42 October 29, 2013

    The Mina Road near Al Soor from GPO till the underbridge is used as a race track by many drivers. Though the zebra crossings are visible, no pedestrian will dare cross it as the cars will just honk, show lights and move on. Being a car driver myself, I don't dare to cross the road even on zebra crossings because it will mean instant death. The authorities should reduce speed limit to 40 only and speed cameras.

    John Dmello, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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