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Police are once again calling for witnesses to come forward following an accident in Byron Bay last month in which a child was hit by a car.

They are particularly keen to speak to a middle-aged woman who was allegedly offered a ride by the driver of the car involved in the accident.

Just after 6.30am on Saturday February 15 police were called to Lighthouse Road following reports a car had hit a four-year-old girl as she walked along the road with her parents.

On arrival, police found the girl, who had been thrown down an embankment and sustained a fractured leg.

She was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics and taken to Brisbane Children’s Hospital.

The driver of the car, a sky blue Volvo sedan with white wall tyres, had allegedly fled the scene.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 27-year-old woman the following day.

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.

She received bail and will reappear at Byron Local Court on Thursday April 10.

Officers from North Coast Crash Investigation want to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Lighthouse Road – or the car park at the top of the road – around the time of the incident, if they have not already spoken to police.

They would specifically like to speak to a woman who was offered a ride by the Volvo driver, who is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her mid to late 50s, with dark greying hair, about 168cm tall, and wearing white joggers and tracksuit pants.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.


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