A 10-year-old boy, identified as M R M, is in a critical condition after sustaining severe injuries when he was hit by a car in Ras Al Khaimah.
The Emirati boy was playing soccer with friends near his house in Adhen on Sunday when the accident occurred.
“They kicked the ball high and it landed in a nearby street. He ran to get the ball and was hit by a speeding car,” said Captain Ibrahim Al Mazrouie, manager of the traffic and patrols unit of the Daqdaqa Police Station.
“We received the report at 4.30pm and rescue teams, police patrols, an ambulance and a helicopter were immediately dispatched,” said Captain Al Mazrouie.
The boy’s skull was fractured and he suffered from a brain bleed, as well as severe fractures in his right hip and left leg. He was transported by helicopter to Khalifa Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah and later to Rashid hospital in Dubai.
The 28-year-old Emirati driver of the car, identified as A M, was driving a white Lexus at 40 to 60km/h when he hit the boy.
“The driver was questioned on the same day and we are waiting for the final medical report in order to transfer the case to the specialized department,” Captain Al Mazrouie said.
A family member said doctors operated on the boy’s skull and legs and he is expected to remain in hospital for six to eight weeks.
Police urged motorists to stay alert while driving and obey traffic rules and speed limits.