A 12-year-old boy has tragically died after getting trapped under a car outside a school in Sydney’s south.
Around 8.40am today, multiple emergency crews were called to Forest Road in Hurstville, following reports a car had crashed and rolled onto a child who was walking to school.
NSW police said the youngster was trapped under the vehicle for a short time before he was released.
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It’s understood a number of people witnessed the tragedy, including an off-duty nurse who rushed to the child’s aid.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where he died upon arrival.
A NSW Police spokesperson said the incident is a “truly tragic set of circumstances.”
“We are doing everything we can, in terms of ensuring there’s welfare put around both police, I know the Department of Education are working tirelessly to make sure there’s welfare services for not only their students and their teachers, but also the parents,” the spokesperson said.
“What I can tell you at this stage, is that a 12-year-old Sydney Tech School student was walking across the road and unfortunately he’s been struck by a car.”
The driver of the car, a 36-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and has since been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
“The nature of what has occurred in terms of the driver is still being investigated,” NSW police said.
A crime scene has been established and will be examined by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.
Officers are now appealing for anyone with dashcam footage to come forward as they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Motorists and pedestrians are being urged to avoid the area.