Wed, 31 Mar 1999

Boy killed after falling off bike

JAKARTA (JP): A six-year-old boy was killed on Monday when he fell off his bicycle and under the wheel of a truck on Jl. Bidan Aminah in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

According to the victim's relatives, Wahyu was on a bike with two of his friends, trying to reach the truck to ask for some money from his uncle, who was driving the truck.

His grandmother, Ma'ani, 50, recalled that Wahyu's friend riding the bicycle attempted to overtake the truck on the left as it went over a steep bump in the street, but he lost control of the bike and they all fell off.

"While his two friends fell in the gutter on the left, Wahyu fell on the asphalt street," said Ma'ani.

At the same time, the truck driven by his uncle, Missin, failed to mount the same bump, she said.

The heavy truck slowly rolled back and its tire "ran over Wahyu's head," Ma'ani said.

According to Ma'ani, Missin is the elder brother of Wahyu's mother, and works as a driver for a vegetable oil distributor company at Tanah Abang market in Central Jakarta. (01)