Child dies after hit by mum's car during toilet stop
A YOUNG boy has died in tragic circumstances during a toilet break on a rural road.
Police say the boy's mother pulled over on Port Davis Rd, just outside Port Pirie, about 11.30am on Sunday, so the boy could go to the toilet.
It's thought the Toyota Kluger was still in gear as the mother, 29, got out of the car, and it ran over the boy, who was two-and-a-half years old.
The boy's younger sister was inside the car when the accident occurred.
Paramedics rushed to the scene but the boy died on the unsealed road.
The mother was taken to Port Pirie hospital in shock, while the father received the devastating news at work.
The family is from Port Pirie.
A 2 year old boy has died after a car rolled over him on a rural road during a toilet break. Sgt Griggs said the mother was in shock. pic.twitter.com/xDo3cbAyr9— Mitch Mott (@MitchMottTiser) May 21, 2017
Sergeant Steve Griggs of the Yorke Mid-North Highway Patrol said the devastating event would be felt through the Port Pirie community.
"Attempts were made to save the child, but to no avail," he said.
"These are a very tragic and devastating set of circumstances for the family, for the community and everybody involved.
"It will hit deep in the local community."
Port Davis Rd remains closed while Major Crash investigators scour the scene to piece together the minutes leading up to the fatal accident.
The loss of the boy has hit the community hard with many locals hearing the sirens as emergency services rushed to the scene.
Mothers Terri-Lee and Renee saw police and ambulance heading or Port Davis Rd as they drove into town.
The news left the two young mothers shocked and holding their children tight.
"I can't even imagine the kind of pain they would be going through," Terri-Lee said.
"We saw the ambulances coming into town but had no idea."
For Renee the tragedy hit close to home with her young children enjoying a Sunday playing in the park nearby.
"There are no words to describe what that family must be going through," she said.
"Especially the mother, my heart goes out to her."
Sgt Griggs said it was a hard day for the emergency services who were first on scene.
"It is never nice to respond to anything like this," he said.
Many locals reported hearing the news via social media as the tragedy unfolded.
The accident happened only kilometres from the scene of a fatal collision where a two-year-old girl was killed in 2013.
In that incident closer to town, the young girl was hit by a car as she ran out on to Port Davis Rd.
She was thought to be chasing a cat at the time.