A toddler is dead after being hit by a vehicle on an isolated farm in Western Australia on Christmas Day.
The 14-month-old boy was struck on a property near the small rural town of Grass Patch, north of Esperance, about 11am yesterday.
Due to the remote location of the farm, the boy’s family drove him to the intersection of Swan Lagoon Road and Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, where a St John Ambulance met them, according to Perth Now.
The boy was taken to Esperance Health Campus but later died from his injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
There have been 162 deaths on West Australian roads this year, 96 of them in regional areas – the highest number since 2016.
The boy’s death will not count towards the official road toll as it occurred on private property.