Five-year-old boy dies after being knocked down by elderly driver

A five-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car driven by an elderly man has been described as a “beacon of light” as his family pays tribute.

Alfie Darby was tragically struck by a Jeep Cherokee on Anzac Ave in Collaroy, Sydney, on Sunday afternoon after wandering off from a rugby game.

Despite efforts from bystanders and paramedics, he died just hours later at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

The driver, a 77-year-old man, was uninjured and was taken to hospital where he underwent mandatory testing.

In a statement, NSW Police said specialist police had been enlisted to examine the scene and a report would be provided to the coroner.

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According to reports, Alfie, who has four older siblings, had travelled from Dural, about an hour away, to watch the game with his family.

The Dural Rugby Club shared a message on social media remembering Alfie’s “smiling face”.

“Dural Rugby Club sends all our love, thoughts and prayers to the Darby family after the tragic passing of their son Alfie yesterday, who was always a smiling face when playing in our u6’s and around the club,” the club said.

A memorial has been set up by members of the Collaroy Rugby Club at Griffith Park.

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A fundraiser set up on behalf of the Darby family said the well-known members of the community were gracious, kind and always welcoming.

The GoFundMe page said: “On Sunday, July 30, 2023, the world lost a beacon of light and heaven gained an angel.

“Their home is always filled with children and there is always an invite for a cup of tea or coffee when you arrive at the door.”

Witness Susie Belenzuela described the crash as “any parent’s worst nightmare”.

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“Our hearts go out to that family, actually everyone involved, it’s just any parent’s worst nightmare,” she told 7NEWS.

Police have asked that information or dashcam vision of the incident, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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