A hari raya outing turned tragic for a family two days ago when their two-year-old son got trapped underneath a moving car in what was an alleged "hit and run" case.
The child was out shopping with his grandmother, mother and aunts in preparation for the upcoming festivities when the incident took place in the vicinity of a Serusop shopping area.
The family revealed their harrowing experience to the Bulletin at RIPAS Hospital where the toddler is currently being treated for injuries to his face. He also received six stitches to the back of his head.
"We didn't realise that he had run out of the shop," his grandmother said. "We usually ensure that either one of us would keep an eye on him."
What was most troubling for the family, she said, was that the person who had allegedly knocked him down, believed to be a woman, did not stop to offer any kind of assistance, but was only heard saying 'it's not my fault'.
The experience would not have been so traumatic had the person responsible accompanied them to the hospital to ensure that the child was out of danger, she said.
When the family realised the child was missing, a frantic search inside and outside the store ensued. Soon they heard a commotion in the parking area and realised that the boy was pinned under a car.
The family saw a man pulling the child from underneath the car. The boy's aunt saw him crying and to her horror saw the boy's clothes were soaked in blood that was oozing from the back of his head.
The grandmother initially did not want to believe that it was her grandson who was in danger as she said to herself "This is not happening. This could not be happening", whilst desperately holding on to the mother of the child who was on the verge of passing out.
The family was told that a stranger stopped the driver of the car, which was when she was heard saying she was not responsible for what had happened. Amidst all the commotion, she apparently drove off.
The boy drifting in and out of consciousness was rushed to the hospital.
"God forbid if anything worse had happened to him," the grandmother said as she held back her tears.
The family is asking for the stranger (who helped pull the boy from underneath the car) to come forward as they would like to extend their gratitude for his life-saving act.
They are also pleading with witnesses to come forward with any information on the vehicle to ensure that justice is served.
A police report was lodged at the Berakas Police Station where officers confirmed that an incident did take place involving a two-year-old boy. The case is still under investigation.
The Royal Brunei Police Force, meanwhile, reminded parents to keep a watchful eye on their young children in public places.