A TODDLER remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after a ute crashed into his Moree home on Saturday night.
The incident gained national media attention as the two-year-old boy and his family continued to receive messages of support from well-wishers on social media sites.
Police said the accident occurred about 5.45pm in the town’s west.
A white Toyota Hilux, being driven by a 56-year-old man, is understood to have been travelling along Gwydir St when it came to a T-intersection at Sunnyside Ave.
It appears as though the ute did not turn and continued driving straight, in the direction of the house behind the intersection.
The ute left the road and drove 10 metres down the footpath before slamming into the home’s front lounge room, where the young boy was playing.
He sustained multiple fractures and head injuriesand was taken to Moree hospital before being airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital.
The boy was reportedly in a critical but stable condition yesterday morning – an updated report of his condition was not made available later in the day.
The driver of the ute had been breath-tested at the scene but returned a negative result.
He has since been subjected to mandatory blood and urine tests.
The tests are now being processed and police do not yet know when a result will be available.
The man’s ute was also seized for forensic examination as he assisted police with their investigation.
Repair crews were yesterday seen fixing wooden boards to the front of the home and beginning repairs to a picket fence the ute crashed through.
The boy and his family had been the subjects of support messages on Facebook, with local well-wishers sharing prayers and get well soon posts.
“Positive thoughts and prayers for the family,” one Facebook user said. “Come home soon ‘il’ mate.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.