Toddler run over in tragic accident
Aunt, siblings helpless as little boy hit by cab
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.