Two children have been hospitalised, one in a critical condition, after they were hit by a car while playing in a laneway in Melbourne’s west.
At about 5.20pm on Tuesday a Toyota Prado struck a three-year-old and an eight-year-old boy in Liberator Lane in Braybrook.
The children were struck moments after the Prado collided with two parked cars between the laneway and Wirraway Ave, subsequently striking the children before continuing on to hit another parked car, pinning the eight-year-old between the two vehicles.
The child was trapped until he was able to be removed by emergency services.
He was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries to both his upper and lower body.
The three-year-old was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries to his upper body and the driver, a 48-year-old Braybrook man, was arrested at the scene.
Following the incident he was transported to Western Hospital Footscray in a stable condition for observation.
While charges are yet to be laid, the man is assisting police with their enquiries.
Investigations by the Major Collision Investigation Unit are ongoing and police have urged anyone who witnessed or who has information regarding the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.