Police launch investigation into crash and death of child at Wollongong

Police have commenced an investigation into the death of a child following a crash in Wollongong overnight.

About 1.35am (Tuesday 4 October 2022), a Holden Barina was reportedly travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic control light at the intersection of Towradgi Road, Towradgi.

Officers at nearby Corrimal Police Station heard the crash and responded immediately; however, the vehicle was empty after the occupants fled.

A crime scene was established and is being examined by specialist officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.

About 2am, emergency services were called to a home in Balgownie, responding to reports a 12-year-old boy attended the home, suffering significant injuries.

The child was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and transferred to Wollongong Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

A crime scene was also established at the home and police are investigating if the child’s death is linked to the crash.

Local road diversions are in place, check www.livetraffic.com prior to travelling.

Police are calling for anyone with information or dashcam relevant to the crash investigation, or how the child came to be injured, to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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