A four-year-old boy is in hospital after he was hit on the head by a rock flung through the window of his father’s car in what seemed to have been an attempted hijacking or smash-and-grab in Kempton Park, on the East Rand.
The boy, Daniel Fleetwood, has seven stitches in the back of his head and pieces of glass that will be removed today, Kempton Express reported.
A brain scan was done Tuesday and luckily the boy did not suffer any brain damage.
Daniel’s mother, Jacqueline, was also slightly injured in the surprise attack by the three men on the family’s car at the intersection of Great North and Dann roads behind Avion Park.
Dad Nolan, who wants to warn motorists, said he and his family – Jacqueline, Daniel, Carmen, 14, and Chanelle, 15 – were on their way to their Birch Acres home from his parents’ house in Pomona when the attack occurred at 7.45pm on Tuesday. It was Nolan’s mother’s birthday.
Nolan said they were waiting at the red traffic light with another car in front of them. He suddenly saw a man approaching their double-cab from behind. A man then flung a rock in a plastic bag through the front passenger window, hitting both his son and wife in the front seat.
A second man tried to break the window on the driver’s side in the same way but did not succeed. All the vehicle’s windows were fitted with a smash-and-grab paint protection film.
The third man tried to climb on to the back of the bakkie.
From there things happened very fast, Nolan said. His car was in first gear, but he could not escape forward because of the car in front of him. Without hesitation he drove over the island to get his family to safety and called for help.
– Caxton News Service