A ten-year-old child has died from his injuries after a vehicle ran him over on Tuesday afternoon, in an incident that took place in unclear circumstances.
The driver, identified as a 27-year-old man, hit the child as he was attempting to cross Avenue du Congo from the nearby Rond Point de l’Etoile, a busy intersection where trams and vehicles circulate.
The child died of his injuries after he was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition after the incident, which took place at around 3:25 PM in the vicinity of the Bois de la Cambre in the municipality of Ixelles.
Un enfant de 10 ans tué par un automobiliste à #Ixelles. Le @GRACQXL partage la douleur de sa famille. Nous nous battons pour rendre la ville plus sûre pour tous, et d'abord pour les usagers faibles, cyclistes et piétons. Des mesures d'urgence s'imposent @elkevdbrandt @YvesRouyet https://t.co/k4Y3gmLhUL
— GRACQ – Ixelles (@GRACQXL) December 3, 2019
The driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, according to BX1, and he was taken to the hospital in a state of shock where he remained overnight.
The Ixelles-based cycling group, GRACQ, took to Twitter to express their condolences to the victim’s family, calling on mobility authorities to “urgently” take measures to increase security.
The public prosecutor’s office appointed an expert to determine the circumstances leading to the incident, with witnesses expected to give accounts of what they saw in preparation for a press briefing on Wednesday.
The Brussels Times