The driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in Speightstown, St Peter this morning, which left a schoolgirl injured, has turned himself in.
Police this evening released few details about the driver, except to state that he had presented himself to the District E Police Station and was being questioned. The man’s name or age was not disclosed.
Thirteen-year-old student Zawadi Gilkes of St Stephens, Black Rock, St Michael escaped with minor injuries in the hit-and-run accident on the Speightstown bypass around 8:30 a.m.
The second form student of The Alexandra School sustained lacerations to her face and right hand and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
Resident Barbara-Ann Phillips told Barbados TODAY she had just finished a bath when she heard a commotion. Seeing the injured child, Phillips said she rushed to the student’s side with a sheet to shield her from the scorching sun until the ambulance arrived.
“The sun was real hot and she was in a lot of pain, but you couldn’t move her. Her schoolteachers did not leave her side until the ambulance came.
“She was screaming and calling for she daddy all the time. She ask for a best friend too and they had to go and call the best friend to be there with her,” Phillips recalled.
Meanwhile, before hurrying off to the hospital where the student was being treated, Alexandra Principal Orson Alleyne said counsellors were sent to the school to console students shaken by the incident.
“We had about six counsellors in and personnel from the Ministry of Education to assist with working through the trauma that was created by the situation. They worked with students and we had a few teachers who were also affected by the incident,” Alleyne said.