Tragedy struck Ikaram Akoko in Akoko North West Ondo State Local Government Area on Wednesday due to the death of a six-year-old boy who had been hit by a vehicle.
It was gathered that an Abuja-Lagos bound Siena commercial bus belonging to Ever Ready Transport company with registration Edo 835 BEN, which was on high speed while transiting through the community, knocked down the victim identified as Sunday Promise.
According to eyewitnesses, Promise, a pupil of Muslim Primary School, Ikaram-Akoko died instantly while the driver of the bus drove away.
It, however, took the spirited effort of residents who gave the hit and run driver a hot chase before he was caught at Ministry area of Agbaluku, Arigidi-Akoko a distance of about 15 kilometres from the accident scene at Ikaram-Akoko.
The driver was subsequently handed over to the police with the vehicle impounded at the police station.
Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer, Oke-Agbe Akoko, Johnson Akintola, stated that the bus driver is currently in custody as he disclosed that investigation has commenced.
As well, in a telephone conversation with the Ikare Unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Yinka Akande, attributed the accident to overspeeding, particularly within the city, as he warned motorists to slow down whenever they pass through residential areas.
Meanwhile, community leader Alhaji Aminu regarded the driver’s attempt to run away after hitting the boy as being very wicked and heartless. He called for speed breakers to be built in all areas around schools in order to minimize or prevent these ugly accidents in the future.