Neutral Bay: Eight-year-old boy fighting for life after horrific crash in school zone.
By ANNA USHER.
An eight-year-old boy is fighting for life and another has been seriously injured, following an horrific accident at a school pedestrian crossing in Neutral Bay this morning.
The Year 3 was with his cousin, also aged eight - and a parent - when a car struck them down in front of Neutral Bay Public School shortly before 9am.
Eyewitnesses told Mosman Collective the male driver of a late model Audi Q5 was travelling north on Bydown St when he knocked both boys over “at speed” in a 40km/h school zone.
“The noise was terrible, it was a very loud bang,” said one shaken mum, who did not want to be identified.
“The car hit them and then drove right across Yeo St, before it crashed into some other vehicles.
“Parents and Teachers at the school are in complete shock.”
Careflight paramedics made an emergency dash to the scene, landing in nearby Forsyth Park, before transporting the critically injured boy to Sydney Children’s Hospital under police escort.
His cousin and the father of one of the boys were transported to Royal North Shore Hospital.
A Crime Scene has been established and the intersection on Bydown and Yeo St will remain closed to traffic until later today.
It’s believed the driver of the Audi suffered a medical episode, clipping a number of cars before crashing into a Mercedes sedan and then mounting the kerb.
Neutral Bay Public School is offering counselling to students and staff – and playground activity has been cancelled for the day.
“Two young local boys are fighting for their lives – and all they were doing was walking to school on a Wednesday morning,” the eyewitness said.
“The parents and kids who saw the accident have been badly shaken – and the entire school community is deep shock.
“We are all praying for the injured boys and their families.”