Woman turns herself in to police after three-year-old child dies in Melbourne hit-and-run | Melbourne


A 73-year-old woman has handed herself in to police after a three-year-old boy was killed in an alleged hit-run on Thursday evening in Melbourne’s west.

The three-year-old Sunshine North boy was critically injured and died at the Royal Children’s hospital overnight. The woman from Heathcote Junction handed herself in at a station in Melbourne’s northern suburbs this morning and is assisting police with the investigation.

Police believe the boy, who had recently been collected from childcare and was travelling home with his mother, ran onto McIntyre Road in Sunshine North about 6.30pm on Thursday, when he was hit by a red Toyota Camry that failed to stop.


Superintendent John Fitzpatrick said police did not believe speeding or reckless driving was a factor in the incident. He noted that the road was not well lit at night.

Fitzpatrick said the front right-hand side of the car is alleged to have hit the child.

“Having a quick look at the vehicle it’s pretty evident that you would know that you’ve hit something. Whether that driver knew that they’d hit a child or something else is still to be determined,” he told reporters.


Fitzpatrick said the child was dragged underneath the car for about 20-30 metres.

He said the boy’s family were “absolutely overwhelmed” following the death.


“Losing a beautiful young child like that is going to be devastating and they’re going to be like this for a little while,” he said.

“The mother is besides herself with grief so we haven’t had an opportunity to speak to her as yet…. we’ll speak to her when she’s able.”

Police have seized the red sedan that will now undergo forensic testing.

Detectives are also urging anyone with information about the incident or CCTV footageto contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via their website.

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