Elderly woman charged after little girl killed by reversing car at shopping centre

AN 86-year-old woman has been charged after reversing her car into a mother and her two young children – killing one of them – outside a busy shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast.

The tragic accident happened in a supermarket carpark on Mill Lane in Nambour around 12.00pm on Sunday June 17.

Police said a 57-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged six and seven, were on a pedestrian crossing when they were struck by the reversing vehicle.


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The six-year-old girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Nambour Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Her 7-year-old sister suffered a non-life threatening lower leg injury and was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, while the girls’ mother suffered serious injuries and was transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she remains, now in a stable condition.

Following investigations into the fatal crash, an 86-year-old woman was on Thursday charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm.

She was issued with a Notice to Appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 25.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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