Police are urgently appealing for witnesses or vision relating to an incident in Caboolture this afternoon where a 5-year-old boy was struck by the wheel of a vehicle allegedly performing a burnout, causing critical injuries.
It will be alleged that a blue Ford Falcon utility was stationary at the intersection of King Street and Morayfield Road when the driver began to spin its tyres as the lights turned green around 4.30pm.
It is further alleged that the rear passenger side wheel then dislodged from the ute and struck a 5-year-old boy who was walking with family along the southern footpath outside Caboolture Square Shopping Centre.
The child suffered life threatening head injuries and was transported to Brisbane Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.
The alleged driver of the ute, an 18-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, driving unlicensed, driving unregistered, offences involving registration certificate and safe but otherwise defective vehicle.
He is due to appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court tomorrow.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and has issued an urgent appeal for anyone who may have mobile phone footage or dashcam of the incident to come forward.