UPDATE at 12:20 PM SATURDAY | AN eight-year-old boy remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being run over by a car in the NSW Hunter region overnight.
The child was struck by a sedan outside a motel on Allandale Road, a main thoroughfare which runs through the centre of Cessnock about 8pm.
Distraught family members administered life-saving first aid before paramedics arrived and took over treating the little boy.
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The child, who is believed to be autistic, sustained life-threatening head injuries and was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
He remains there this afternoon where his condition has slightly improved and is now listed as ‘serious but stable’.
It’s understood the child had been staying at a motel on Allandale Road with family when the accident occurred.
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The driver of the sedan, a 55-year-old man, is believed to have been driving past the motel when he struck the boy.
He was taken to Cessnock Hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anyone who witnessed the accident and has not yet spoken with police is urged to come forward.
FIRST at 9:30 PM FRIDAY | A CHILD has been rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in the NSW Hunter Region.
Police said the eight-year-old boy was struck by a sedan on Allandale Road at Cessnock about 8pm on Friday.
The boy sustained life-threatening head injuries and was rushed to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
Police said family members did what they could to keep the child alive at the scene before paramedics arrived.
The driver of the sedan, a 55-year-old man, was taken to Cessnock Hospital for mandatory testing.
A crime scene was established on Allandale Road, which was expected to remain closed for several hours.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are speaking with witnesses.
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