Barking dad's 'constant worry' after crash injures son's head
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 August 2015
The dad of a nine-year-old injured in a collision with a car in Ripple Road has urged the council and drivers to prioritise road safety.
Thames View Junior School pupil Ayub Mugenyi suffered serious head injuries in the collison opposite Rippleside Cemetery on July 31.
Dad Abu Mugenyi, 52, said he was at his Rosalind Court home when he was told by a friend of Ayub’s about the crash.
“He came running and said: ‘Your son has been knocked down by a car – I’ve just seen him lying on the floor’,” he said. “I just ran to the scene and I nearly collapsed because I’m Type-1 diabetic.
“I’m really upset, I really feel bad and have constant headaches and worry.”
Ayub remains at King’s College Hospital in Camberwell in a stable condition, with Abu and wife Nilfa visiting him in shifts.
Abu said Nilfa, a 40-year-old nurse who works at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, has been badly affected.
He added: “It’s lucky it wasn’t more serious. We take it in turns to visit him – when I’m at home, she’s at hospital.”
Abu said careless driving blights the area in and around Ripple Road, which has had four crashes since April and says speeding near Rippleside Cemetery is a problem independent from Ayub’s accident.
“People drive too fast in that bus lane,” he said. “People need to drive at 30mph but they don’t – they just fly.”
He thinks a camera might help.
“There should be a speed camera round there and it could do with a zebra crossing for all the kids crossing from school.”
A council spokesman said the view of the police and Barking and Dagenham’s road safety team was that the cause of the accident was Ayub entering the bus lane near Rippleside Cemetery.