Uncle speaks about Leeds family's heartbreak as '˜happy, charming' boy dies after collision

The uncle of a four-year-old boy who was knocked down in Leeds has described the moment he came across the scene of yesterday's fatal collision.

Sunday, 30th April 2017, 2:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:03 pm
Flowers and a teddy bear at the scene where Yusupha Jatta was knocked down.

Omar Manneh, 42, had been walking to a shop in Chapeltown shortly before 5pm when he spotted his sister covered in blood.

His eyes then fell upon his “happy, charming” nephew, Yusupha Jatta, who was lying on the ground in Chapeltown Road.

The boy – the youngest of four siblings – had been struck by a car as he crossed the road, just a short walk away from his family’s home in Reginald Mount.

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Yusupha Jatta, four, was crossing Chapeltown Road when he was knocked down.

Mr Manneh said: “I didn’t witness the accident but I was there immediately afterwards. I was going to neighbourhood shop when I saw my sister covered in blood.

“I saw my little nephew lying down. The ambulance arrived and they were trying to revive him.

“Can you imagine a mother seeing her little boy knocked down? I saw the panic in my sister. She can’t do anything about it.”

Yusupha Jatta, four, was crossing Chapeltown Road when he was knocked down.

Mr Manneh, who lives in nearby Harehills Avenue, said his sister and her husband were too upset to speak about their loss.

Yusupha’s 11-year-old sister, who was with her mother and brother at the time of the collision, is also traumatised by what she witnessed.

Last night she repeatedly asked her uncle who she would play with now that Yusupha was gone.

“When I listened to her talking, I thought life can just take things,” Mr Manneh said.

“Whenever I saw Yusupha and his mum, he was always active. He was a charming boy.

“He was an intelligent little lad – happy, charming, truly family.”