| 09.10,19. 12:40 PM |
5yo child run over on Townsville footpath while riding bike with his father
Photo: Townsville residents have left tributes for five-year-old Sarim Ahmed. (ABC News: Chloe Chomicki)
A five-year-old boy has died in North Queensland after he was hit by a car overnight.
Emergency services were called to Ross River Road in Mundingburra just after 7:30pm on Tuesday.
Police said the boy, Sarim Ahmed, was riding his bicycle along the footpath with his father.
It is understood a car had been trying to turn out of a nearby driveway onto the busy road and hit Sarim, outside the local mosque.
The Ahmed family is well-known in Townsville's Islamic community.
Members of the public performed first aid on the boy before emergency services arrived.
He was taken by ambulance to the Townsville General Hospital for treatment but died shortly after arrival.
The owner of the nearby dental clinic, Cameron Arnold, said the tragic events of last night had taken a toll on his staff.
"[They are] all quite stressed actually. One of our staff members didn't come in today because he was involved with looking after the little boy when the accident happened," Dr Arnold said.
"It's just a terrible tragedy and our sympathies go out to the family and everybody involved, it's really difficult to put into words actually, it's such a terrible thing."
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill offered her sympathies to the family.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy," she said.
"My deepest condolences go to Sarim's family and the whole community."
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are calling for anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.