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Hit-and-run devastates victim, family

Two years later, tragedy again struck an Alberton North family, and they requested any information regarding this tragic ordeal.

All Mikhail Singh constantly says is, “Mommy, I think I’m going to die”.

On June 3 at about 17:00, Mikhail was hit by a speeding car on Ring Road East, Florentia. The impact tossed him about 12m into the air before he hit the ground. The driver drove off, leaving Mikhail for dead.

Mikhail was returning home after meeting his friends between 17:00 and 19:00. But despite walking on the sidewalk, the driver hit him.

The 17-year-old from Alberton North suffered bleeding on the brain and is now bedridden and unable to walk.
His distraught single mother of two, Shaleen Sooknunan, was devastated, especially because her younger son, Dante Singh, was also hit by a car in 2021.

Turn of events

The incident left Mikhail with a severely swollen back, a head injury and pain all over his body.

According to Shaleen, Mikhail is cared for at their Alberton North home. He has hardly slept and has lost much weight since the ordeal.

“There was an eyewitness who said someone did run him over, but they didn’t stop. According to the eyewitness, the driver drove off, and Mikhail landed on his head. The family was called to the scene by CPS Security and Fox Security. They didn’t even think he would make it,” the mom explained.

Mikhail was rushed to Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Vosloorus before being transferred to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital because of the seriousness of his condition.

Shaleen, on arrival at the scene, said blood covered her son’s face and clothing, and he was unconscious.

Hard hit

His granny, Ramdei Singh, said her family took a huge knock because of the tragedy and that with all the hospital trips and medication, they had spent almost R10 000 so far.

“There’s no improvement in this child. His body is in extreme pain -he’s hurt from head to toe – and not a single part of his body is not in pain. It’s not easy to see a child suffering like this. He keeps saying, ‘I think I’m going to die’. It affects me because I also lost one of my older sons in an accident,” she said.

She said they would open a case at the Alberton SAPS as soon as her grandson’s condition improved.

The family requested any information about the incident and asked the driver to come forward. If you can help, contact Ramdei on 065 885 1497.

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