The family of two boys run down in a horror laneway crash have relived the moment they held their nephew’s skull together after he was pinned between two cars.
Brothers Burak and Huseyin Pek, aged three and eight, were playing soccer in a laneway behind their grandparents’ home in Braybrook, Melbourne, just after 5pm on Tuesday when they were struck by a Toyota Prado driven by an unlicensed man.
The driver, Ngoc Thanh Vo, arrived in Australia from Vietnam six days before the incident, and allegedly mistook the accelerator for the brake when driving in the laneway behind four townhouses.
Police told Melbourne Magistrates Court he was generally unfamiliar with driving a car when he went out on his own for a drive around the block in a Toyota Prado.
CCTV footage allegedly shows the vehicle suddenly accelerating, striking three parked cars and the two children.
The force of the impact caused a parked car to collide with Burak, while Huseyin found himself trapped between the Prado’s bullbar and the rear of another car.
Huseyin and the car were pushed over a concrete gutter at the end of the laneway, down a grass embankment, across a road and into the fence of a neighbouring property.
Burak suffered minor injuries, while Huseyin has undergone surgeries for multiple serious injuries after the tragedy.
Huseyin’s aunties Ayse and Betul Aydin said they rushed to help their nephews after they heard the screech of tyres.
Brothers Burak (left) and Huseyin Pek (right), aged three and eight, were playing soccer in a laneway behind their grandparents’ home in Braybrook, Melbourne, when they were struck by a car driven by an unlicensed man
Huseyin, 8, was pinned between the Toyota Prado’s bull bar and the back of a second car, suffering injuries to his pelvis, leg and femoral artery injuries. He is at the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious condition (pictured)
‘You could hear the tyres burning out and then it just happened [the crash] in two seconds,’ Ayse told 7News.
Betul said the family desperately searched for eight-year-old Huseyin and finally found him pinned between two cars.
‘He [Huseyin] was stuck between cars, the only thing we would see was his head,’ Betul said.
‘His skull was open, I ran to him and held his head until they rescued him.’
He was pinned for about 20 minutes until emergency services arrived, suffering pelvis, leg and femoral artery injuries which required multiple surgeries, police said.
‘I was there throughout it, holding his head together, making sure he was talking, making sure he didn’t close his eyes, making sure he was breathing,’ Betul said.
‘People were trying to undo the cars but I said “stop, don’t do it” because his body was stuck in between, he could have bled out.’
Both Ayse and Betul said it was a ‘miracle’ their nephew survived and thanked all those who have been praying for him.
Huseyin is expected to spend the next few months at the Royal Children’s Hospital recovering from his injuries.
His family started a GoFundMe page to help his parents with medical expenses and rehabilitation costs after the ‘near fatal’ crash.
Thanh Vo was charged on Tuesday night with dangerous driving over the incident.
The 48-year-old unlicensed driver, Vo Ngoc Than (right), was charged with dangerous driving. Vo, who arrived in Australia from Vietnam six days before the incident, allegedly mistook the accelerator for the brake
CCTV footage allegedly shows Vo return to the laneway where the vehicle suddenly accelerated, striking three parked cars and the two children (pictured)
Police have sought 12 weeks to put together a brief of evidence, which is expected to include a mechanical reconstruction of the crash and forensic analysis of the boys’ injuries (pictured, crash site)
Vo was also charged with reckless conduct endangering serious injury, unlicensed driving and careless driving.
The court heard Vo has never held a licence and was in Australia on a partner visa, living with his wife who supported him in court.
Police have sought 12 weeks to put together a brief of evidence, which is expected to include a mechanical reconstruction of the crash and forensic analysis of the boys’ injuries.
Vo was granted bail and is due to face court again on January 31, next year.
Under his bail conditions, Vo had to surrender his passport and must report to police twice a week.