Bli Bli scooter crash: Tragic update after little boy Dawlon Smith-Saunders was hit by allegedly drunk driver in Queensland while riding his scooter with a friend
- Dawlon Smith-Saunders, 12, was hit by a ute in Bli Bli, QLD
- He was seriously injured and died in hospital on Monday.
- SEI driver, 27, expected to face additional charges
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A little boy has died in hospital weeks after being hit by a Mazda believed to have been driven by a drunk driver.
Dawlon Smith-Saunders, 12, was riding his scooter along David Low Way in Bli Bli, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, on September 3 when he was struck by the vehicle.
The young boy was seriously injured and was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital.
He died tragically on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old driver of the ute was charged with low-level drink driving. He is expected to face additional charges.
Dawlon Smith-Saunders (pictured), 12, tragically died in hospital weeks after being struck by an ute at Bli Bli on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
It is believed Dawlon was riding his scooter with a friend at the time of the incident.
Witnesses stayed with the boy until help arrived at the scene.
Dawlon suffered multiple serious injuries, including a fractured skull, brain damage, a broken collarbone, a broken arm and a burst bladder, according to his family.
In an emotional Facebook post, his older sister Letitia Michelle Smith said Dawlon died “surrounded by family” at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
“His progress scan during the first week showed that he had only small damage to his outer brain, while Thursday’s showed significant change,” she wrote.
“On Friday, mom had to make the difficult decision to turn off her life support system. Dawlon being Dawlon, he had fought for two days.
Letiti said her family was completely devastated by the loss.
“Seeing your little brother die before your eyes is nothing I would have imagined would happen,” she said. 7News.
“We all thought he was on the road to recovery with all the positive signs he was showing.
“We are all hurting, but we take comfort in knowing that Dawlon is no longer hurting.”
The 27-year-old driver of the ute was charged with low-level drink driving. He is expected to face additional charges
Dawlon (pictured) suffered a fractured skull, brain damage, a broken collarbone, a broken arm and a burst bladder after being hit, according to his family.
Dawlon’s sister created a GoFundMe to raise emergency funds for Dawlon as he fights for his life in the hospital.
The campaign has raised more than $18,000 over the past two weeks.
A second GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay funeral expenses and attorney’s fees.
The driver of the ute reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.069 before being charged with driving while intoxicated.
He will appear before Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 30.
Further charges are expected to be filed during this period.