A learner driver has been charged after a toddler was hit by a car and allegedly left for dead on the side of the road.
The two-year-old had wandered away from his home and onto a busy street when he was struck.
Now, Damon Mishelle is fighting for his life in an induced coma after the alleged hit-and-run.
The little boy snuck out of his family home in Laverton, in Melbourne’s south west, just before 9pm on Sunday night.
He walked onto Railway Avenue, where a car allegedly hit him then drove on.
Laverton man Zachary Larkins, 21, faces charges including failing to stop and failing to render assistance at an accident.
It’s believed Mr Larkins is a learner driver but was not displaying his L plates. Police also allege that cannabis was found in his car.
A passing motorist who saw the accident told 7 News the little boy “flew through the air.”
She was the first person to get to him, fearing he was dead.
Damon’s mother Mary arrived soon after, with witnesses saying she was screaming and crying.
A station wagon police believed was involved was later found abandoned at a nearby shopping centre.
Mr Larkins was arrested in a house on Railway Avenue just half an hour after the crash and has been bailed to appear in court on Friday.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.