A TEENAGE boy is fighting to stay alive in hospital after being punched to the ground and knocked unconscious outside a McDonald’s restaurant north of Brisbane.
Police said the 17-year-old was involved in a fight with a group of males outside the Redcliffe McDonald’s on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Silvyn Street just before 8pm on Friday.
The teenager was punched in the head during the melee, causing him to fall backward and strike his head.
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Paramedics said the 17-year-old boy suffered life-threatening head injuries and was rendered unconscious.
He was placed in an induced coma at the scene before being rushed by ambulance to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
An 18-year-old Kippa Ring man accused of landing the near-fatal blow was arrested at the scene.
He is due to front Redcliffe Magistrates Court on May 15, charged with one count of grievous bodily harm.
Police are appealing for witnesses and any dash cam footage from motorists who were in the area at the time.
Detectives would also like to speak to a Good Samaritan who provided first aid to the boy.
Anyone with any information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.