A family is grieving the loss of their little boy after he was killed just outside his daycare in Melbourne’s inner west.

The little boy, 3, had just been picked up by his mum moments before the collision with a red sedan. While many witnesses to the tragic event came to help, the driver did not stop. Police are now asking the public for assistance in trying to locate the driver of the red sedan. 

UPDATE: Just after 9:30am this morning, the driver, a 73-year-old Heathcote Junction woman surrendered to the police. She was driving a Toyota Camry. 

Shoe seen on the road

While there aren’t too many details about what exactly happened, the little boy’s shoe could be seen in the middle of the road as police established a crime scene.

A witness on Friday told Daily Mail Australia the vehicle that hit the child braked immediately after the accident, but quickly drove off. 

Graphic CCTV footage from a nearby shop showed the boy being dragged by a red sedan for a couple of metres as his mother rushed to his aid

The little boy was rushed to Royal Children’s Hospital immediately after the accident with life-threatening head injuries. He passed away overnight. 

As expected, the mother is absolutely heartbroken as police try to find the missing driver and piece together what exactly happened. There were quite a few witnesses that not only came to the aide of the little boy but are also helping the police with the investigation. 

Search for hit and run driver

Detective acting sergeant Leigh Miller commended those who stopped to help and urged the driver to come forward. 

People have stopped today to help… That’s humanity. Then you’ve got the driver of the car who, for unknown reasons, failed to stop and help this child.

These kind of collisions, sometimes they bring out the worst and the best in people.” 

Police have indicated they will address the media about the tragic hit-and-run later today.

They are also urging anyone who may have witnessed the collision, has dashcam footage or has CCTV to contact  Victoria Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Our thoughts go out to the family during this tragic time. Please help spread the word so police can find the missing driver of the red sedan. 

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