Roodepoort Spar crash toddler recovering

The scene following the incident. Pic: Roodepoort Record.

The three-year-old girl who was critically injured following a crash at the Witpoortjie Spar in Roodepoort is recovering.

Zoey Tsotetsi is currently out of hospital and is undergoing physical therapy for her right leg, which was injured in the crash, Roodepoort Record reported.

Zoey was walking into the Spar with her parents Innocent and Diana when a vehicle veered in their direction in January.

The girl’s mother was a second too late in pulling her out of the way as the vehicle pushed her against the shop’s windows.

CCTV footage, obtained by eNCA, shows the girl walking on the pavement with her parents as a car drives over the pavement and pushes her through a Spar window in Witpoortjie.

Zoey was rushed to Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg, where she spent five days in the intensive care unit with a cracked pelvis and bleeding liver. After several days of breathing through a ventilator, she was released from hospital a week later.

Her father, Innocent, said the family remains thankful Zoey’s recovering is ongoing.

“We thank God she survived because she had internal injuries. Doctors released her because they thought it would help her recover if she was in a comfortable environment with her loved ones. Her internal injuries are healing, but we are taking it one step at a time,” he said.

Zoey Tsotetsi before the crash. Pic: Supplied.

Zoey Tsotetsi before the crash. Pic: Supplied.

Although Zoey’s recovery has been steady, she still has trouble with her right leg.

“She can’t play with other children the way she used to because her leg hurts after a while, but we are hopeful that the pain will heal in due time. It is all in the past now, and we are just looking towards the future,” he added.

The family has opened a case against Charlene de Wit, the driver responsible for the incident. De Wit was arrested on the day of the crash after she surrendered herself to Roodepoort police, but she was later released.

– Caxton News Service

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