Child's death prompts Ambulance NSW to issue school zone warning

A Carlingford woman will appear in court charged with negligent driving following the death of a boy outside Carlingford Public School in December.

Police said at about 9.20am on December 18, a woman was walking her six-year-old son and two nieces along Rickard Street when they were hit by the female driver, 46, in a Nissan Dualis.

The woman, her son, and one of her nieces were hit. 

The boy died at the scene.

The woman, 38, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and her four-year-old niece had a fractured pelvis.

The driver was treated for shock.

On February 11, the driver was issued with a court attendance notice for negligent driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. 

She will appear at Burwood Local Court on May 7.

Incidents like this have prompted Ambulance NSW to issue a school zone warning for drivers.

Motorists were reminded to look out for children and parents were cautioned to ensure their child arrived at the school gate safely.

Inspector Giles Buchanan said he attended many incidents involving children and vehicles and all proved to be traumatic for everyone involved.

‘‘It is an emotional scene, always,’’ he said.  “You are trying to treat the child and you are aware of the parents’ distress and also the trauma suffered by other children who may have witnessed the collision.

‘‘The simple message is to obey the school zone restrictions and adhere to the school’s pick-up and drop-off zones and to the 40km/h speed restrictions.’’ 

Figures for the first month of term one 2013 revealed paramedics were called to treat at least 26 children hit by vehicles in the hours before and after school.

This amounted to more than one collision per school day.

Inspector Buchanan said even if vehicles were travelling at low speed, the potential for serious injury was high.

‘‘This is particularly the case with younger children who tend to turn into the vehicle rather than away,’’ he said.

‘‘The smaller the child, the greater the chance of impact to the upper body and head.’’

Ambulance NSW suggested parents should teach their children how to cross the road safely by using pedestrian and designated crossings and following the instructions of traffic controllers.

And that children aged under 10 should hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.

IN OTHER POLICE NEWS:

Two boats stolen

Police are continuing investigations into the theft of two boats from residences in Castle Hill and Glenbrook four days apart.

The boats are valued at $50,000 and $45,000, respectively.

Hills crime manager Detective Inspector Bailey said footage from the resident’s security camera in Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill shows two men arriving at the house at 10am February 7 in a white Mitsubishi Triton utility with a table top.

The men were seen parked in front of the boat and then driving off after cutting the lock that secured the boat and trailer.

The boat (registration number AFS715N) and the Karvan dual-axle trailer (registration number Y52396) have not been found.

Police believe the same vehicle was involved in the stealing of a boat from a Glenbrook address on February 10.

This one was found in an industrial estate in Penrith on Sunday.

‘‘The theory of the owner was the [three-tonne] boat was too heavy for the Triton,’’ Detective Inspector Bailey said.

Also, the brakes were failing.

The owner also had CCTV footage, which the police are looking at.

The driver was described as being of medium build, with dark hair and wearing a dark grey hooded jumper with orange/pink writing on the front.

Call Crime Stoppers with information on 1800 333 000.

Cards were used

Cards stolen from a house in Castle Hill on Saturday were used  about 4pm on the same day to make purchases at a tobacconist and a liquor store in Doonside.

Police said the cards were stolen from an unlocked house in Peppertree Place, Castle Hill between midnight and 8am on Saturday, along with personal papers, a driver’s licence, car keys and a handbag.

Police are viewing store video footage.

Car crashes into wall

A 67-year-old Annandale woman was taken to Blacktown Hospital with airbag injuries after driving into a sandstone wall in Carlingford.

Police said she was driving her Mercedes northbound on Bettington Road, Carlingford at 3.10pm on Sunday and slid on the road while navigating a right-hand bend.

‘‘She hit the sandstone wall of 168 Bettington Road causing major damage to the front of her car and the airbag went off,’’ Sergeant Steve Andrews of the Hills highway patrol unit said.

She suffered minor burns and bruising.

Right turn crash

Police say a 66-year-old woman drove her car into the path of another car with a baby inside in Castle Hill on Wednesday.

Police said the driver was turning right into Cecil Avenue, Castle Hill, from a block of units when she collided with a Mitsubishi Magna.

Neither female driver was hurt but an ambulance attended the incident as there was a baby in the second car which was being driven by her 36-year-old mother.

The 66-year-old was issued a ticket for not giving way. ‘‘The view was blocked for both cars,’’ a police spokesman said.

Glass door smashed

A robber was injured during an attempted break and enter at the head office of the Nursery and Garden Industry in Rouse Hill.

Police said they found blood near the broken front glass panel door.

The incident is reported to have occurred between 6pm Friday and 2.50pm Saturday.

Nothing was stolen.

In Balmoral Road, Kellyville, a duffel bag, hunting bow, arrows, a backpack, binoculars and other sporting equipment, valued at $7000, were stolen on Friday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Prado crosses path

A 67-year-old man from Prospect was taken to Blacktown Hospital with minor thumb and neck pains after being in a car accident in Baulkham Hills on Tuesday.

Sergeant Steve Andrews from the Hills highway patrol unit said the BMW driver was travelling north on Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills at 11.40pm Tuesday when a Toyota Prado crossed his path.

The Prado driver was travelling south when she attempted to turn right into Olive Street.

The woman, 18, of Cherrybrook was issued with a ticket for not giving way to oncoming vehicle (right turn).

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