Woman hands herself to police after 3-yr old boy killed by her car in Melbourne

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A 73-year-old woman has handed herself in to police after a three-year-old boy’s death in hospital following an alleged hit-and-run in Melbourne yesterday.
Police are investigating after the child was fatally injured on McIntyre Road, Sunshine North, about 6.30pm on Thursday.
Emergency services were told the boy had been struck by a red sedan.
He was taken to hospital but died overnight.
Police said the driver of the vehicle “failed to render assistance and drove off from the scene”.
Investigators said there was a chance the driver had not realised the boy had been hit at the time.

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“That’s largely due to the size and the age of that little guy – it’s a tragic set of circumstances,” Victoria Police Superintendent John Fitzpatrick told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

The boy is understood to have broken free from his mother and run onto the road before he was hit by the car.

Fitzpatrick said police did not believe excessive speed was a factor in the collision.

“This car’s not darting in and out of traffic and driving crazy, it’s just a matter of circumstance,” he said.

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“That little child got away from mum and crossed the road and that car happened to be at that particular spot and time.”

“It is believed the child was struck by a driver in a red sedan who failed to stop at the scene,” Victoria Police said in a statement.