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Forensic Science & Addiction Research

Forensic Case of Passerby Girl Hit by Crate Falling from a Truck

Wilson I B Onuigbo*

Department of Pathology, Medical Foundation & Clinic, Nigeria

*Corresponding author: Wilson I B Onuigbo, Department of Pathology, Medical Foundation & Clinic, 8 Nsukka Lane, Enugu-410000, Nigeria

Submission: August 24, 2017; Published: September 13, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/FSAR.2017.01.000501

ISSN: 2578-0042
Volume1 Issue1


Traumatic lesions in childhood have been addressed especially as regards “the battered child syndrome.” In this paper, the trauma was oddly accidental. Therefore, it deserves documentation.

Keywords: Child; Passerby; Vehicle; Accident; Intestine; Rupture; Death


The battered child syndrome became in the 1940s a talking point through the insightful paper of Caffey [1]. On the other side, there is accidental injury such as the ordinary vehicular type [2]. Therefore, an unusual case is worthy of documentation in connection with a passerby child.

Case Report

EC, a 7-year-old girl, was alleged to have been hit by a falling crate being conveyed by a truck at Nsukka. She died not long after and this became a Police Case. At autopsy, by the Police Doctor, there were multiple areas of ruptured intestine with much oozing of the contents.

On referral, the author received two pieces of bowel measuring 5cm and 7cm long as well as 11cm piece of fatty tissue, all being coated with purulent exudates. On microscopy, despite postmortem autolysis, the principal finding was clear, particularly in the omentum which abounded in pyogenic exudates. Peritonitis was diagnosed.


Despite the poor history above, the author received the specimen at the Regional Pathology Laboratory situated at Enugu in South Eastern Nigeria. In this community [3], the Igbo Ethnic Group is domiciled. In contrast, some enlightened publications have since been published from this center [4-7]. Unfortunately, the present case was so disheartening that I commented at the time thus: “Why was there no surgical operative procedure?” Perhaps, it is well to conclude that this could not have happened in recent years.


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  2. Carter YH, Jones PW (1993) Accidents among children under five years old: A general practice based study in north Staffordshire. Br J Gen Pract 43(368): 159-163.
  3. Basden GT (1966) Niger Ibos. Cass, London.
  4. Onuigbo WIB (2016) The morals of the Ibo Ethnic Group and the abortion deaths among their maidens in Nigeria. Toxicol Forensic Med 1(2): 52-53.
  5. Onuigbo WIB (2016) The variegated lesions found at autopsy in sudden death in a developing community. Forensic Pathol 1(2): 104.
  6. Onuigbo WIB (2017) Forensic identification of papillary adenocarcinoma of the lung in a developing community. J Forensic Scie Crim Invest 3(4): JFSCI.MS.ID.555625.
  7. Onuigbo WIB, Chukudebelu WO (2017) Forensic presentation of gastric carcinoma in pregnancy. J Forensic Sci Crime 1(2): 1-4.

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