Boy, 10, is fighting for life after being run over by a car driven by a P-plater, 17, and suffering a traumatic head injury
- Boy, 10, was hit by a car in Wollongong on Wednesday morning after 8am
- He was treated for a significant head injury before being airlifted to Sydney
- He remains in a critical condition, with the scene described as ‘confronting’
A 10-year-old boy is fighting for life after being run over near a school by a car driven by a teenage P-plater.
Ambulances and a rescue helicopter were rushed to an address in Unanderra, south-west of Wollongong, just after 8.30am.
Paramedics treated a boy at the scene for a significant head injury before airlifting him to the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
The child (pictured above) was airlifted to Sydney after he was run over by a car near Wollongong
The scene was described as ‘confronting’ by NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Manager Inspector Nathan O’Brien
NSW Ambulance manager Inspector Nathan O’Brien said the scene was very confronting.
‘Going to a road accident where a child is involved is always difficult and can be extremely upsetting for the first responders,’ he said.
‘In the end, we are all human and a lot of us have children as well.’
Lake Illawarra police chief inspector Brian Pedersen said it appeared the collision happened after the youngster walked into the path of a car.
The accident also happened just outside the 40km school zone for Farmborough Road Public School.
‘[The boy] has been struck, and we believe the car may have gone over him as well,” Mr Pedersen said.
Police confirmed the male driver, believed to be aged 17, was taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing, according to the Illawarra Mercury.
The incident was on the corner of Waples Road and Mianga Crescent in Unanderra
The child remains in a critical condition after he was run over by a car near Wollongong on Wednesday (stock image)