Jun 03, 2022

Woman, 73, turns herself in after hit-and-run that killed 3-year-old child

Woman, 73, turns herself in after hit-and-run that killed 3-year-old child

A 73-year-old woman from Melbourne’s outer north presented at a local police station this morning and confessed to driving a car that was involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 3-year-old child yesterday.

The tragedy occurred on McIntyre Road, Sunshine, in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs.

According to police, the young boy ran onto the road around 6.30 pm yesterday when he was struck by a red sedan and dragged for 20 to 30 metres as the car travelled north towards the suburb of Kealba.

Although the driver did not stop at the scene, police are still trying to establish if the woman knew that she had struck someone, as police Superintendent John Fitzpatrick revealed the road was very poorly lit.

“Having a quick look at the vehicle, it’s pretty evident that you would know that you’d hit something, whether that driver knew that they’d hit a child or something else is still to be determined, so that’ll form part of the investigation,” he said.

“As you can imagine the family are absolutely overwhelmed with the death of that young child, so we’ll provide them with all the support and welfare they need from our perspective, but they currently have family and friends around them,” he said.

“Losing a beautiful young child like that is going to be devastating.”

Detectives are asking anyone who saw the incident, or may have dashcam footage, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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