A 12-year-old boy has died after being found at a NSW home with significant injuries.
Emergency services were called to the property in Balgownie, a suburb of Wollongong, just 25 minutes after police responded to a nearby car crash, with officers now investigating if the two incidents are connected.
At around 1.35am on Tuesday, a Holden Barina was travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic control light at an intersection, NSW Police said.
Officers at a station close by heard the collision and rushed to the scene but were shocked to discover the vehicle was empty after the occupants fled.
At 2am, emergency services responded to reports of a 12-year-old boy with “significant injuries” at the Balgownie home, NSW Police said.
The boy was treated by paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
A crime scene has been established at the crash site and the home.
“Police are investigating if the child’s death is linked to the crash,” NSW Police said.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage relevant to the crash, or how the child was injured, is urged to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Year 12 student killed on road trip with mates
The young boy’s devastating death comes just days after an 18-year-old boy was killed in a car crash on the Fraser Coast in southern Queensland.
Brody Smith was on a long weekend road trip with friends when his green Nissan Navara, which was part of a convoy of three 4WD utes, crashed into an oncoming timber truck on Friday morning.
The crash occurred at Tuan Forest on Maryborough Cooloola Road at around 6.40am.
Mr Smith, a Year 12 student who was just weeks away from graduating, was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.
His passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was not severely injured and was taken to hospital suffering from shock.
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