A YOUNG boy has sadly died in hospital after being run over by a van on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The tragic accident happened at Dalby, 200km inland of Brisbane, just before 7pm on Sunday, March 4.
Police said it was believed the four-year-old child had run out onto the road and into the path of the van on Drayton Street, near Arthur Street, around 6.50pm.
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At the time, a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the boy had suffered “significant head injuries”.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken by road ambulance to Dalby Hospital.
From there, the child was airlifted to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane where he spent four days on life support int he intensive care unit.
Sadly, police released a statement on Friday morning, confirming that the boy had succumbed to his injuries and passed away in hospital.
He was pronounced deceased on Thursday afternoon, the statement said.
According to the Toowoomba Chronicle, the driver of the van was travelling up to 20km slower than the speed limit at the time of the accident due to ongoing roadworks.
A GoFundMe page set up to help the family has revealed the little boy was one of seven siblings.
The page was created by the boy’s cousin, Mikaa Ives who is hoping to raise $5000 to help the family with funeral costs.
“My 4 year old cousin Shykarn was hit by a car in Dalby… and sadly didn’t make it,” Mikaa wrote.
“My heart breaks for my Uncle and Aunty. They have another 6 children to care for as well.
“We are all beyond devastated and heart broken.”
More than $1900 has been donated to the campaign already.
The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.
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