There was a tragedy along Ikot Ekpene road opposite food affairs eatery Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as a Jeep vehicle skidded off the lane killing a roadside fruit seller and her four-year old son that were standing in front of a shop.
An eyewitness told journalists that visited the scene that the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said that the little boy died on the spot while the mother identified as Nsima Sylvester Etim died hours after being taken to an undisclosed hospital.
The eyewitness who is also a wielder identified himself as Utibe said only God saved him from being killed that fateful morning, adding when he saw the vehicle coming towards his direction at a high speed he quickly jumped out of the shop”.
He said, “It was God that saved me. I was working on the Tricycle when I noticed the Jeep coming at a very high speed to my direction, so I ran away from my shop. If I had not runaway I would have been dead by now”, he narrated.
Utibe added, “But the driver hit the woman and her son. The small boy died on the spot and the woman later died in a hospital”.
A brother of the dead woman who could not hide his grief lamented, “that woman is my sister. She sells fruits in front here. This is our family compound. The 4-year-old son died on the spot, She was rushed to the hospital but she died”.
He however disclosed that the Police arrived the scene of the accident immediately and took the driver to the police station.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Matthew Olonisaye said however that there was no report about the accident.