A WOMAN has been rushed to hospital suffering severe shock after her two-year-old son was accidentally run over and killed by the family’s four-wheel-drive during a toilet stop in South Australia.
The heart-wrenching scenes unfolded on a dirt road in Port Pirie, 220km north of Adelaide, on Sunday morning.
Police said the child’s 29-year-old mother was driving the family’s Toyota Kluger and had pulled over on Port Davis Road so that her two-and-a-half-year-old son could go to the toilet around 11.30am.
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It’s understood the vehicle lurched forward and struck the boy after his mother had stepped out to assist him.
“It would appear that the vehicle was still in drive and as the driver got out to assist the child, the vehicle has moved forward and tragically come in contact with the child,” Sergeant Steve Griggs told reporters at the scene.
Sergeant Griggs said despite the desperate attempts by the toddler’s mother and paramedics to keep him alive at the scene, he could not be saved and died on the unsealed road.
“It’s a very tragic and devastating set of circumstances for the family, for the community and everybody involved. It will hit deep in the local community,” Sergeant Griggs said.
The little boy’s mother was treated at the scene for shock and later taken to Port Pirie Hospital., along with the boy’s younger sister who was also in the car at the time.
Police say Major Crash Investigators remain at the scene and are investigating the circumstance surrounding the tragic incident.
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) May 21, 2017