Boy, eight, dies after being hit by car 'driven by elderly relative'

Horror as an eight-year-old boy is killed after he is hit by a car ‘driven by an elderly relative as he played outside his home’

  • Boy, 8, stuck and killed by a car in Ballarat, Victoria on Saturday afternoon
  • Tragedy unfolded around 4pm; driver believed to be a relative of the child
  • The exact circumstances of the fatality are still under police investigation  

An eight-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a car believed to be driven by an elderly relative.

Emergency crews were rushed to an address in Park St, Delacombe in Ballarat in regional Victoria just after 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

An air ambulance was also called but the young boy – who was reportedly playing outside the front of his home seconds before he was struck by the vehicle – died at the scene.

Police were quickly on the scene on Saturday afternoon after an eight-year-old boy was fatally hit by a car in Ballarat in regional Victoria

The youngster was struck by a car believed to have been driven by one of his relatives in rural Victoria about 4pm

The exact circumstances of the collision remain under police investigation.

In confronting scenes, a woman was seen falling to her knees behind the police cordon about 5pm, the Herald Sun reported.

According to a neighbour, an elderly relative was believed to be driving the car at the time of the collision.

‘When the helicopter landed and shut its engines off, it was a clear sign something bad had happened,’ he said.

‘I believe what happened is a family member was driving the car, but we’re not 100 per cent sure. ‘A little bit too close to home, one of those situations.’

A spokesman from Victoria Police confirmed the matter remains under investigation.

A spokesman from Victoria Police confirmed the matter remains under investigation (stock image)

‘Emergency services responded to reports that a child had been struck by a vehicle on Park Street just after 4pm,’ a statement read.

‘The 8-year-old Delacombe boy has sadly died at the scene. The exact circumstances are being investigated and the driver of the car remained at the scene to assist.’

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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