A 13-year-old boy has died after being involved in a road collision on Sunday morning, Aspire Academy has announced.
Mohamed Juma Mohammed Bakhit Rashid could not be revived after being rushed to hospital with injuries after his vehicle collided with another car, Aspire said in a statement.
The driver of the car also died, and Mohamed’s 10-year-old brother Hassan is in a coma in critical condition, Aspire said. Hassan appeared in a recent Aspire Academy commercial sharing aspirations of becoming a professional football player, and talking about his hero Khalfan Ibrahim:
The boys’ father is Juma Mohamed Al-Ali, a former footballer for Al Sadd Sports Club.
The teenager’s death has shocked his community, and comes at a time when road accidents rank among the leading causes of premature death in Qatar.
What exactly happened on Sunday remains unclear. But one academic who has studied car accident fatalities in-depth attributed Qatar’s dangerous roads to several factors, including speeding, not wearing seat belts, and a lack of enforcement.
Mohamed trained at Aspire Academy for two years. Football team manager Nasser Al-Ahbabi said in a statement:
“Today we have lost one of the most promising young players in this country. Mohamed was a hugely talented and respectful young man. His death is a terrible tragedy for his teammates, his family and all of us at Aspire.”