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A hit-and-run accident

 
It was the school holidays ! For many youngsters it was a time for fun and games.

In one particular housing estate, the children enjoyed riding their bicycles around the area. The housing estate in which they lived in was relatively quiet and it was quite safe to ride their bicycles on the road, but as young boys go, they can tend to get a bit reckless sometimes, too reckless for their own good.

The residents of the area were usually careful when they drove their cars. Even so there were several near misses as the drivers had to avoid the reckless young children on their bicycles. The children had no knowledge of traffic rules and they did pretty much as they pleased. Their parents never educated them about road safety. In effect, the young cyclists were just accidents waiting to happen. It was just a mater of time before something tragic happened.

One evening as a group of five children was tearing down a road on their bicycles, a van suddenly shot out of a side road right in their path. The driver was obviously a stranger to the area and did not see the danger until it was too late. He braked hard and swerved his van in an attempt to avoid hitting the young cyclists. Tried as he did, he could not avoid hitting the leading cyclist. The front end of the van collided with the young cyclist with a sickening crunch. The boy was flung onto the road.

The van stopped and the driver opened the door, but he did not get out. Instead he closed the door, reversed his van from the fallen boy and the wrecked bicycle, engaged a forward gear and sped off. He did not want to hang around to deal with the angry residents knowing full well that he might be bashed up or perhaps even killed.

It was just as well that he fled for soon the residents ran out of their houses and onto the scene of the accident. the boy was still alive. One of the men lifted him up, put him into a neighbor's car and took him to the hospital.

For more than an hour after the accident the angry residents milled around the area uttering curses. However nobody had noted down the number of the van. All they knew was that it was driven by a young man, nothing more. To this day the identity of the hit-and-run van is unknown. The accident victim is alive but walks with a limp. Although the incident was not a pleasant one, it at least has a positive effect. The young cyclists do not ride recklessly around anymore. Their parents do not want a repeat of the accident.

     
bashed up   being hit violently
     
hit-and-run   a road accident in which the driver who caused the accident drives away without helping the other people involved and without telling the police:
     
walks with a limp   to walk slowly and with difficulty because of having an injured or painful leg or foot:
 
 
 

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