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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Mayor calls for urgent road safety upgrade after toddler’s death

Greater Dandenong Council Mayor, Lana Formoso, has implored the Victorian Government to urgently address safety issues on a busy local road following the tragic death of a two-year-old child on Sunday.

The toddler died after being struck by a car on Stud Road in Dandenong North, outside the Dandenong basketball stadium and near a popular reserve.

“We’ve been calling for a safer pedestrian crossing here for many years, but we don’t feel the State Government has shared our sense of urgency. I wrote to the Minister for Roads in recent months on this matter, and I’ll be seeking a meeting with her soon,” Mayor Formoso said today.

“Once more, we implore the State Government to fund this project as a matter of urgency.”

She said Council was extremely saddened to hear of yesterday’s fatal traffic incident.

“We’re heart-broken to have lost a young member of the community i these horrific circumstances.”

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family and all those affected by this terrible loss.”

Police believe the two-year-old was attempting to cross the road with his father when he was hit and killed by a passing a ute. Paramedics performed CPR on the boy, but he died at the scene.

Greater Dandenong Council Mayor, Lana Formoso.

Mayor Formoso said Council had worked with the Department of Transport and Planning to produce a well-advanced design for traffic signals and much-needed pedestrian crossing facilities at the intersection of Stud Road and McFees Road where the fatal accident occurred on Sunday.

The driver, a 60-year-old Gippsland man, stopped at the scene and was assisting police with their enquiries.

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