Boy struck by van

A policeman takes a statement from a gentleman on the scene of the accident in which a 14-year-old was hit by a van yesterday afternoon.
A policeman takes a statement from a gentleman on the scene of the accident in which a 14-year-old was hit by a van yesterday afternoon.

ST. JOHN’S – A 14-year-old Potters boy was struck by a van yesterday afternoon as he attempted to cross the street, just steps away from Potters Primary School.

A witness, who said he is the cousin of the victim, identified him as Nadiq Martin, a student at the National Technical Training Centre.

The stunned driver of the van, Edmund Sears, said the incident happened just after 5 p.m. and the ambulance came shortly thereafter – transporting the teenager to Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.

Sears, who remained at the scene awaiting police arrival, said he tried to avoid hitting the victim, but could not stop the vehicle in time.

As he explained it, the boy ran out of an alley and when he attempted to cross the street, the incident occurred.

“He came out of there (the alley) and there was a cyclist coming down the road. When he tried to avoid the cyclist, I hit him,” Sears said to OBSERVER Media.

Eyewitnesses said the vehicle’s impact caused the NTTC student’s body to ricochet off the front of the van, shattering the windshield. Glass was strewn several feet behind where the van came to a halt.

Sears, who still had blood on his uniform, said he cradled the teenager’s head with a towel until the ambulance arrived. (Antigua Observer)

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