Boy, 4, dies four days after being hit by van in Dalby


THE Dalby boy hit by a van on Sunday evening has died in hospital.

The boy, Shykarn Latham, 4, had been on life support in Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital since being airlifted to Brisbane late Sunday night, The Dalby Herald report, but passed away on Thursday evening, police confirmed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up, on which a woman named Mikaa Ives wrote, “My 4 year old cousin Shykarn was hit by a car in Dalby… and sadly didn’t make it.”

“My heart breaks for my Uncle and Aunty. They have another 6 children to care for as well.

“We are all beyond devastated and heart broken.”

Initial investigations by police indicate the young boy was on foot when he stepped onto Drayton St at roughly 6.50pm.

Police say it appears the boy struck the side of the van and sustained serious head injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was travelling well under the speed limit, according to police.

Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said the driver was probably travelling at about 40km/h. The speed limit where the accident took place is 60km/h.

“You’ve got to be careful when crossing a busy road, it is very busy, there is a lot of trucks and heavy vehicles,” Snr Sgt McCullough said.

Meanwhile, a man is fighting for his life after being struck by a ute outside a pub in Gympie, north of Brisbane overnight.

Police said initial investigations indicated a man ran onto Mary St, when he was hit by a Toyota Hilux utility travelling east, as it pulled up to pick up passengers from outside a nearby licensed venue about 12.20am.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the man suffered “significant head injuries”.

The 22-year-old pedestrian was taken to Gympie Hospital and later airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Police said the 27-year-old driver of the vehicle was assisting police with their enquiries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.


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