The driver of the ute that hit an 11-year-old boy spoke to police at the scene yesterday but was not to blame, police said.
The driver of the ute that hit an 11-year-old boy spoke to police at the scene yesterday but was not to blame, police said. KRISTY MARTIN

Car hits boy, 11, near bus stop

A GROUP of eight children waiting for a school bus on Monday watched in horror when their friend was hit by a car.

Mahoney Lange, 11, was crossing a busy Hervey Bay road when he was struck by a ute about 8.15am.

He suffered a fractured elbow on collision with the vehicle’s front passenger side and left its windscreen shattered.

Witnesses say Mahoney picked himself up off Nissen Street in Pialba and waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Police do not believe the driver was at fault and instead put the incident down to the boy’s “juvenile enthusiasm”.

His mother, Patricia, who ran from her home in her nightgown, described the scene as chaotic.

“It was really scary, especially because I didn’t know if he was breathing,” Ms Lange said, adding her son was “very lucky”.

“I don’t think he’d be coming across Nissen Street at this time of morning any time soon.”

Nearby resident Rhiannon Finn called for an ambulance after hearing the crash.

“We heard the bang ... it was quite loud,” she said.

“The kid was moaning in pain about his arm. It was a bit of a shock; a bit stressful.”

The 20-year-old described the street as a danger to children.

“It gets pretty hectic, especially of a morning on school days. I reckon they need a crossing here.”

The driver of the ute was left shaken following the crash. Mahoney was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition.



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