A 27-year-old woman who fled the scene after the car she was driving hit a child in Byron Bay on Saturday was later arrested and charged by police over the accident.
Just after 6.30am (Saturday 15 February), police were called to Lighthouse Road following reports a four-year-old girl had been hit by a car as she walked along the road with her parents.
On arrival, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command found the girl, who had been thrown down an embankment and sustained a suspected fractured leg.
She was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics and remains in Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospital.
The driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and police commenced inquiries into the incident.
Following inquiries, police arrested a 27-year-old woman later in the afternoon.
She was taken to Byron Bay police station and charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and fail to stop and assist after impact causing grievous bodily harm.
The New Zealand national was granted conditional bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Thursday 20 February.
The woman’s licence to drive in NSW was also suspended.