A Perth woman has opened up about the awful moment she witnessed a young girl being struck by a ute on a road outside of Perth.
Sharon Arkwright, 46, told 9 News Perth that she was driving in busy traffic about 6.30am when she saw the 3-year-old girl, dressed in her pyjamas, run out in front of her car in the middle of the four-lane road.
‘I kept asking where’s her mum and dad?’, said Ms Arkwright, who stopped her car to help the girl.
‘What was she doing in the middle of the road?’
A three-year-old girl died after being struck by a car on Albany Highway near Perth Friday morning
Ms Arkwright called emergency services who guided her through CPR but the girl was unresponsive
Ms Arkwright called emergency services who guided her through CPR but the girl was unresponsive.
Paramedics arrived and rushed the little girl to hospital while Sharon stayed to comfort the 30-year-old driver and called his mother for him.
‘He was so distraught, I kept telling him it wasn’t his fault, there was nothing he could have done, she just stepped out in front of him,’ she said.
But the most heartbreaking moment was when Sharon witnessed the little girl’s brother speak to emergency services.
‘I saw a little dark haired boy in black pyjamas and he walked up to the police and I saw him ask if they’d seen his little sister,’ she said
‘I saw a little dark haired boy in black pyjamas and he walked up to the police and I saw him ask if they’d seen his little sister,’ she said.
The three-year-old suffered fatal injuries after being hit by the vehicle on Albany Highway, east of Perth, about 6.20am Friday.
The incident occurred near the turnoff into Verna Street in Gosnells, 20 kilometres east of the city, near the Gosnells Baptist Church.
She was taken to Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital with critical injuries.
Police believed the girl had wandered onto the busy stretch of road shortly before being knocked down, ABC News reported.
Albany Highway was closed to traffic in both directions from Ferrier Drive to Dorothy Street due to the serious crash.
Police are appealing to the public for information about the moments before the accident that involved a white 2005 model Toyota Hilux ute and the toddler.
If you know anything police urge the public to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online here.
Police believed the girl had wandered onto the busy stretch of road shortly before being knocked down
The three-year-old suffered fatal injuries after being it by the vehicle on Albany Highway, east of the city