Little girl in surgery after alleged hit and run at Byron

UPDATE 8.19pm: A YOUNG child injured in an alleged hit and run at Byron Bay this morning has been sent to Brisbane Children's Hospital for surgery.

A woman has been arrested and charged over the incident on Lighthouse Rd.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Gary Cowan said the four-year-old local girl was walking along Lighthouse Rd at about 6.30 am with her parents when she and her mother were hit by a car.

"On arrival officers found the girl, who had been thrown down an embankment, had sustained a fractured leg," he said.

"The girl was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition."

Insp Cowan said the girl was then transferred to Brisbane Children's Hospital for further scans and surgery.

"The driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and police commenced enquiries into the incident."

Insp Cowan said the incident happened on a sharp left hand bend, about 300 metres from the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

Police will allege the woman came around the corner too fast, lost control of the vehicle and hit the girl and her mother.

It will be alleged speed was a factor in the crash and police are waiting results of a blood test to determine whether the woman was under the influence of alcohol.

Insp Cowan said the girl's mother did not sustain any serious injuries in the impact with the car.

Officers located the woman's car on Shelley Drive at Byron Bay and she was arrested at about 10am.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to Shelley Drive at about 10am to treat a woman in her late 20's who suffered a cut to her hand.

The spokeswoman said the woman was taken to Byron Bay hospital in a stable condition.

Insp Cowan said police arrested a 27-year-old New Zealand national who was taken to Byron Bay police station for questioning.

"She was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop and assist after impact causing grievous bodily harm."

The woman was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday and her licence to drive in NSW was suspended.

UPDATE 6: 45pm: Police have now charged a 27-year-old woman over the alleged hit and run of a four-year-old child at Byron Bay this morning.

The New Zealand national was released on conditional bail and will face Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday on charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous  bodily harm and fail to stop and assist after impact causing grievous bodily harm.

The woman's licence to drive in New South Wales was also suspended.

The child has been transferred to Brisbane Children's Hospital for further scans and surgery.

UPDATE 3.15pm: A woman who police allege was the driver involved in a hit and run at Byron Bay this morning is being questioned over the incident.

The four-year-girl who was hit by the car remains in Tweed Heads hospital in a stable condition.

UPDATE 1.30pm: POLICE have arrested the driver of a car involved in an alleged hit and run incident with a four-year-old girl at Byron Bay earlier this morning.

The light blue older-model sedan car was located by police in Shelley Drive and the driver was arrested at about 10am.

The driver was taken to Byron Bay police station for questioning.

8.40am: A YOUNG child has suffered a suspected fractured leg in a hit and run at Byron Bay.

Police Media says the four-year-old girl was walking along Lighthouse Road with her parents when she was hit by the car about 6.30am today, throwing her down an embankment.

The driver of the car fled the scene.

Paramedics treated the child at the scene before taking her to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition.

Police are appealing for help from the public tracking down the driver of the car, which they have described a light blue older-model sedan, possibly a Volvo, with damage on its right hand side.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by phoning 1800 333 000 or going to the Crime Stoppers online reporting page


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