Community helps out as boy fights for life after crash


A RED Hill boy was left fighting for life late last week after the car being driven by his mother crashed head-on into another car in Red Hill South.

Paramedics rushed to the horror scene on the Point Leo Road just after 4.30pm, Wednesday 13 February.

The Red Hill community is rallying around the family, with the Mornington Peninsula Shire, CFA, Consolidated school, scouts and residents helping them cope in their time of need. 

The 11-year-old was flown to The Royal Children’s Hospital by helicopter ambulance in a critical condition with head, chest and abdominal injuries.

Police said the badly injured boy possibly suffered cardiac arrest at the scene and was assisted by passers-by until emergency crews arrived.

A hospital spokesperson said yesterday morning (Monday) the boy was in a “critical but stable” condition.

His mother, 46, who was initially trapped in her Holden sedan, was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by another helicopter ambulance in a serious condition with chest, leg and pelvis injuries. The boy’s twin brother was taken to Monash Medical Centre in a stable condition with chest, abdominal and leg injuries.

The 49-year-old driver of the other car, an Audi SUV, of Melbourne, was taken to Frankston Hospital in a stable condition with grazes. Unconfirmed reports suggest he was the holder of an international licence.

Both cars were written off in the collision which is being investigated by the major collision unit.

Wednesday was a black day for collisions on the peninsula with six people taken to hospital and others left shocked and distressed.  

A cyclist was knocked off a bike on the same day. The Tyabb man, 60, was on his daily ride along the Mornington-Tyabb Road when he was hit from behind.

Police said sun glare on a wet road may have hindered the Tyabb woman driver’s view of the cyclist, 7.30am, Wednesday 13 February. They said speed was not a factor in the incident.

The cyclist was taken by helicopter ambulance to The Alfred hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Later that same afternoon three cars collided at a Somerville intersection when one driver failed to give way. Police said a Subaru and a Toyota Yaris were travelling along Grant Road near the Simcock Street intersection when the Toyota was knocked into a stationary four-wheel-drive waiting to turn out of Scott Grove. The driver of the severely damaged Toyota was taken to Frankston Hospital for observation.

At 11.15pm that night a P-plater driving a Toyota Prado turned out of Bentons Road, Moorooduc, and skidded across the median strip before flipping over onto its roof in the on-coming lane. It ended up 100 metres from the intersection.

A 19-year-old Mornington man and his 17-year-old female passenger were taken to Frankston Hospital with minor injuries. Police said they will view dash-cam footage as part of their investigations.

Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said human error and perhaps a lack of concentration at critical moments had been factors in all the incidents.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 19 February 2019


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