Car knocks down, drags pupil for 15m inside school compound

hit-by-caeerMELAKA: An eight-year-old boy sustained serious head injuries after being knocked down by a car and dragged 15 metres inside a primary school compound in Jasin here today.

Jasin district police chief DSP Arshad Abu identified the victim as Mohammad Faris Zakwan Zainuddin, a Year Two pupil.

In the incident which happened around 6.50am, the vehicle was driven by a general worker at the school.

“Initial investigations revealed that prior to the incident, the driver aged 62, was driving out of the school assembly square and unaware that he had knocked down the boy.

“A male teacher heard howling sounds as the vehicle drove past him, and ordered the driver to stop,” Arshad said in a press statement here today.

He said the teacher inspected the car and saw the boy under it.

According to him, Faris was sent to Melaka Hospital.

The case is being investigated under Section 43(1)(a) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Traffic Enforcement Investigation Department state chief Supt Mohd Sham Abdullah advised parents not to drive into the school compound when sending their children to avoid any unfavourable incident.

“They should send and drop their children only as far as the school gate; their cooperation is much needed to prevent incidents such as this,” he said.