The 13-month-old Corindi boy arrives at Coffs Harbour Hospital with abdominal injuries after being run over by his mother in their driveway (right). Contributed
The 13-month-old Corindi boy arrives at Coffs Harbour Hospital with abdominal injuries after being run over by his mother in their driveway (right). Contributed

Boy crushed by car driven by mum

A 13-MONTH-OLD boy was lucky to survive with only a broken pelvis and abrasions after being run over by his mother as she left her Corindi home to go to work yesterday.

A peaceful morning in the coastal village was shattered by “screaming like you wouldn't believe”, local carpenter Bruce McCallum said.

“It was the ungodly scream of a women.

“It was blood curdling.”

Mr McCallum was working close to Nyland Cres where the accident happened. By the time he got to the scene he saw a car three-quarters backed out of the driveway, the father holding the child, and a “totally hysterical

women trying to call an ambulance”, Mr McCallum said.

“I found out later that it seems the mum ran over the baby when she was leaving for work.”

David Horseman, Coffs Harbour Ambulance station manager, said the emergency call came in at 7.20am.

“Officers were on the scene for only two minutes,” he said. They saw immediately that the child had serious injuries and took the boy to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Mr Horseman said the baby had a fractured pelvis and abrasions to the face and hips.

While it was fortunate the baby avoided more serious injury or even death, the

speedy call for help and rapid emergency response also played a part in minimising the child's trauma, he said.



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