Tod­dler run over in tragic ac­ci­dent

Aunt, sib­lings help­less as lit­tle boy hit by cab

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - GREG STOLZ GOLD COAST BUREAU CHIEF

THE dev­as­tated par­ents of a tod­dler who died af­ter be­ing hit by a cab on the Gold Coast, are rush­ing home from a trip to Pa­pua New Guinea.

The one-year-old boy was struck by the maxi-taxi which had dropped him, his three sib­lings and their aunt back at their home in the ex­clu­sive Sov­er­eign Is­lands de­vel­op­ment af­ter an out­ing about 10.30am yes­ter­day.

It is be­lieved the aunt, 32, had been pay­ing the driver op­po­site the house and the lit­tle boy ran back across the road to­wards her.

He was hit by the taxi as his aunt and sib­lings, all aged un­der 12, watched in hor­ror.

The aunt and the taxi driver were both taken to hospi­tal suf­fer­ing shock.

Paramedics said there was noth­ing they could do to save the tod­dler.

“Un­for­tu­nately, his in­juries were non-sur­viv­able and we didn’t at­tempt re­sus­ci­ta­tion,” Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice se­nior oper­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Luke Wy­att said.

“It was a very emo­tional scene and we trans­ported both the aunty and the driver to hospi­tal. This an ab­so­lute tragedy at any time of the year, let alone just be­fore Christ­mas. It’s the sort of job no one wants to go to and it has af­fected all of us.”

Dane Axsel, who wit­nessed the tragedy, said he was still in shock as it was “some­thing you can’t un­see”.

Po­lice said they were ex­am­in­ing se­cu­rity footage of the in­ci­dent, but it ap­peared to be a tragic ac­ci­dent rather than neg­li­gent driv­ing.

In­spec­tor Jim Plow­man said the aunt had paid and the taxi was driv­ing away.

“For some rea­son we’re still try­ing to es­tab­lish, the boy has some­how man­aged to be un­der the wheel of the taxi and the taxi has driven over him, sus­tain­ing non-sur­viv­able in­juries,” he said.

“The taxi driver is be­side him­self.”

Gold Coast Cabs boss Ben­jamin Lee said the com­pany was ‘dev­as­tated by the tragedy and of­fered its sin­cere con­do­lences to the child’s fam­ily.

“The driver in­volved in the in­ci­dent has been ques­tioned by po­lice and re­leased without charge,” he said.

“The driver is cur­rently in hospi­tal be­ing treated for shock and we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to sup­port those in­volved.

“The safety and well­be­ing of our val­ued cus­tomers and driv­ers is of para­mount im­por­tance to us. We will con­tinue to work closely with the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sup­port the driver in­volved, through this very dif­fi­cult time,” Mr Lee said.

It is be­lieved the fam­ily in­volved are PNG ex­pats.

HOR­ROR SCENE: The Sov­er­eign Is­lands ad­dress where a child was hit by a car yes­ter­day. Pic­tures: Nigel Hal­lett

ROAD CLOSED: Po­lice at the scene of the tragedy.

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