Driver offered woman a ride before hit-and-run on child
A WOMAN accused a hit-and-run on a young child at Byron Bay last month had offered a ride to another woman near the Byron lighthouse shortly before the incident, police have said.
Police have called on the woman, said to be aged in her mid-to-late 50s, to come forward and offer a statement as investigators continue to piece together the events surrounding the February 15 incident.
In the incident, police have said a 4-year-old girl who had been walking on Lighthouse Road with her parents was hit by a sky-blue Volvo as it drove down from the lighthouse about 6.30am.
The impact threw the child down an embankment, leaving her with a fractured leg. The child had to be taken to the Brisbane Children's Hospital for surgery.
The child's mother was also hit by the car, but not badly hurt.
The Volvo fled the scene and was tracked down later that day at Byron Bay. A 27-year-old woman was arrested and later charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and fail to stop and assist after impact causing grievous bodily harm.
The woman, a New Zealand national who had been due to return home at the time of the incident, has already had one court appearance, where she was granted bail. She is due to appear at the Byron Bay Local Court again on Thursday, April 10.
Police appealed several times in the wake of the alleged hit-and-run for witnesses to come forward and have now renewed the plea with a particular focus on anyone who may have seen the Volvo on Lighthouse Road or at the lighthouse car park around the time of the incident.
In particular, investigators want to speak to the woman who was offered a lift. That woman was described as having dark greying hair, about 168cm tall. At the time she was wearing white joggers and tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.