Toddler dies after being 'run over by grandmother' on Queensland street

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A Queensland toddler has died after being hit by a vehicle, which was reportedly being driven by his grandmother.

The incident happened on Tuesday evening shortly after 5.30pm in Townsville, in the state's north. The boy was struck by a Toyota Prado 4WD on the footpath, outside a property on Charles Street in Heatley.

He was rushed to Townsville University Hospital but died from his injuries on Tuesday night. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

Charles Street in Heatley, Townsville where a toddler was run over. Source: Google Maps
The one-year-old boy was struck outside a Charles Street property in Heatley, Townsville on Tuesday evening. Source: Google Maps

The Townsville Bulletin reported the child had run out of the home while his grandmother was leaving and she was not aware of him being near the car.

Neighbours recalled hearing a commotion and then seeing a passing motorist trying to flag down the grandmother in the Toyota, who eventually stopped and scooped the boy up and ran him inside.

She then raced him back to the car and took the boy to the hospital, the Townsville Bulletin said.

One neighbour told the publication her husband saw the child "lying there" on the road.

“We would never have expected this to happen," she said.

Neighbours also said it appeared as though the toddler lived with his extended family, with several young children reportedly living in the home.

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