VHS junior dies from car accident taking sister to basketball training

Shuaib Boluwatife “Bolu” Shobande

Shuaib Boluwatife “Bolu” Shobande

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

A Vandegrift student – Shuaib Boluwatife “Bolu” Shobande – died after a November 18 car accident while taking his sister to basketball training.

“He was called by his sister, Karimot Shobande, to take her to the school basketball training at her high school, when they were involved in an accident just a few blocks from our house,” shared his dad Lateef Shobande on GoFundMe. 

VHS junior Shobande, 16, was driving his 14-year-old sister to her basketball practice at Manor High School when his car and pickup truck collided on Decker Lane in east Travis County. 

Austin-Travis County EMS arrived at the 10100 block of Decker Lane, near US 290, at approximately 8:14 a.m., according to the crash report. One individual was ejected from a vehicle during the crash. The cause is still under investigation. 

The adult victim received emergency transport to Dell Seton Medical Center, while Shobande was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center with life-threatening injuries where he later died. His sister is recovering at Dell Children’s Medical Center with a broken jaw.

The GoFundMe page the family set up is entitled “Help Bolu (Student) Funeral and Karimot Recovery”. 

Shobande, who was days away from turning 17, is described as a beloved son, brother and friend. He ran track at Vandegrift and had planned to join the military and eventually pursue a career as an engineer, according to his dad.

“He remained positive and strong for all of us. He helped all his siblings with their assignments and all other activities at home,” Lateef shared about his son. He added that Shobande’s life was marked by resilience and positivity, even in the face of adversity.

“He was a kind-hearted and gentle soul who loved playing video games and supporting his family and friends,” Lateef said.

Shobande was born December 8, 2006, and was the eldest of six siblings: Karimot (14), Aishat (12), Aliat (9), Aliamin (7) and Azinat (5). 

The family is asking for the public’s help with covering medical costs and the funeral expenses for Shobande and for help with recovery costs for his sister.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for your support during this challenging time,” Lateef shared. “Please keep Shuaib and our family in your thoughts and prayers.”