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Woman flees after child hit by car in Byron

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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.


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  1. There is no excuse for hit and run, but I must say I’m surprised there aren’t more incidents on that road. I take people on tours up there almost daily and often have to navigate around scores of people walking down the road. The National Parks have recently put some little posts up on one stretch of road, but people still walk down the road. There is a much nicer walking track on both sides of the cape – I walk it several times a week, but it is poorly signed, and visitors often get lost. They can’t widen the road, so why not just discourage people from walking on the road, sort out the signage on the walking track and keep the cars and people separated – it would be much more pleasant and safer for all concerned .

  2. It was an accident just waiting to happen. Tourists regularly walk down that road and in many parts thee is no sidewalk at all!
    I often see women pushing prams along that road. Council should act immediately and put up NO PEDESTRIAN ACCESS signs.
    No one wants to see another accident like this.


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