A nine-year old girl was killed after a hit-and-run incident on Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg this morning.
The child, on her way to school, was waiting for a taxi when the accident occurred.
The only passenger in the minibus said she felt the taxi hit something just before the driver stopped. "He demanded I leave the taxi right then and gave me my R7.50 back. I didn't understand what was happening. It was only when I got off the taxi and he reversed and then drove off, that I saw," she said.
The passenger could not recall the license plate number of the taxi. The driver remains unidentified.
That's what the news story would read like, perhaps including other details like the eye-witnesses who were on the street at the time and the name of the passenger if she did not want to remain anonymous. There would even be a quote from the victims distraught father, her schoolteacher, the police, an outraged city official even. Her school would've been identified by the embroidery on her uniform. Her name would be on the schoolbooks in her bag.
I don't know if anyone has written the story about what happened to that nine-year-old schoolgirl this morning. My colleague was the passenger in the taxi. That's how I know.
And this is all I know.
And now you know.
Please remember her and her family in your prayers.
--update (April 25)-- The story was covered by The Times