Police are appealing for witnesses after the boy died and a 37-year-old female pedestrian was injured after the car crashed into the charity shop in Edinburgh, Scotland
A three-year-old boy has died after a car smashed into a shop and hit the child and a woman in Edinburgh.
Bystanders heard a ‘bang’ as the two pedestrians, who are related, were hit in the horror smash on Morningside Road this afternoon.
It is believed the casualties are a mother and her son who were standing outside a charity shop when they were hit, the Daily Record reports.
It is understood the car mounted the kerb and ploughed into the shop window, trapping the two pedestrians around 2.30pm today.
Children’s books and toys could be seen in the smashed-up St Columba’s Hospice charity shop’s window in the aftermath of the tragedy this afternoon.
A horrified witness said she the child’s wellies had fallen off his tiny feet, as he was wedged in between the car and shop.
Officers raced to the scene and rushed the child to hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The Record reports it is believed a number of people were injured in the incident which happened in broad daylight on a busy road in the city.
A witness, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “There were two injured parties, one was a child who looked to be around three years old.
“I just have his or her little wellies stuck in my head which had fallen off.
“The child appeared to be partially under the car and appeared to be breathing when I was there.
“A nurse and a pharmacist from a local pharmacy got to the accident before the ambulance arrived.
Mother-of-two Samina Rafiq was serving a customer in Scotcleen dry cleaners a few doors up from the crash scene when she heard the sickening noise.
Samina said: “I was working in the shop behind the counter and I just heard a noise, a bang.
“I came out and there were a lot of people all around and some were taking pictures.
“I didn’t go too close because it was scary and I didn’t want to see any injured people.
“It was shocking. One lady said a boy was hurt more than anyone else, he wasn’t moving.
Police Scotland issued a statement this evening confirming a three-year-old boy had died following the crash.
The statement from the force said the collision involved a red Kia motor car and two pedestrians.
“As a result, a 37-year-old woman and a three-year-old boy were taken to hospital, where the boy died and the woman was treated for her injuries.”
Inspector Roger Park of Edinburgh Road Policing Unit said: “The heartfelt thoughts of my colleagues and I remain with the families involved in this absolutely tragic incident.
“We are providing support to the family and I would ask that the privacy of those involved are respected at this time.
“I would ask that anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dash cam or CCTV footage and who has so far not spoken to the Police to contact us on 101 quoting incident no. 1798 of 30/06/2020.”
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