A mother and her baby are in hospital after a car knocked them over near NSW café.

Officers have been told that a car reversed into a parked vehicle, before mounting a footpath, knocking over the woman and her baby, and then crashing into a café in Perkins St.

The driver of the car, a man believed in his 70s, has been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Witness Bennett Joy said he heard two loud  bangs and then screams.

“Obviously the first bang was the car hitting the taxi and the second hitting the wall,” Mr Joy said.

“You couldn’t see [the mother] at all and the father was screaming ‘that’s my baby, that’s my wife’.”

A man presumed to be the woman’s partner started to scream, “She’s under there.”

“Someone said get a [car] jack and someone else just said lets lift it.

“We all just got together and lifted it to get her out.”

“They lifted it up like it was nothing,” said Joy.

“It took them about 20 seconds to release her.”

The mother is said to be in stable condition with chest injuries. While the baby is still in a  serious condition with head injuries.

Hope they are OK! We are sending get well wishes to both mum and bub.

Image source Twitter / @HeathHarro

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  • I heard of a similar type accident, thankfully in that case nobody was injured the driver took her foot off the brake after changing gear, her heavy boot wasn’t laced up properly and slipped off onto the accelerator pedal. I also heard of another accident . The throttle jammed wide open and the driver lost control. The evidence was there when the bonnet was lifted. Unfortunately that had a tragic ending for a passenger. The other frustrating fact was the vehicle had been serviced only a few days before. The passenger in the back and witnesses in 2 other vehicles said they had only just moved off from a stationary position after stopping to take photos. Besides a fractured leg, the driver suffered a nervous breakdown and spend considerable time in a mental health facility, then outpatient counselling. In actual fact any one of them could have been the driver when that occurred as it was a mechanical malfunction in a vehicle with relatively low mileage.


  • Thelse kind of thing’s have been happening too often where older people have been running into people and running over people. Older people should be given tests again at certain ages


  • Oh how awful for this family. Hope they both make a full recovery. Thoughts are with them and their family.


  • An utterly terrifying experience for everyone.


  • Oh my god I couldn’t handle this.


  • It just goes to show how quick something terrible can happen. Hopefully mum and bub will have a full recovery.


  • Aussie spirit of helping one another came to the fore here. Hoping for a safe and quick recovery for mum and bub.


  • oohh! my well wishes to them! hopefully they will be ok! how scary that moments before that, they were enjoying themselves.


  • My thoughts and prayers are being sent to mum and bub for a full recovery..and my thoughts are with dad as well.
    A special thanks go to the group who lifted the car..great job guys.
    Love to all.


  • How terrible. I pray they will be ok.


  • oh wow what a terrible accident, the poor mum and bub – wow to the amazing strength and actions of the people around them who decided to help quickly rather than wait for emergency services – hope all end up being ok


  • So so sad. I hope they are ok


  • These stories are just so very tragic – I can’t begin to image how horribly life changing this will be for everyone involved.


  • One never knows what’s around the corner. Hope both Mum and Bub are OK and I also hope the dad can come to grips with the fact that was an abnormal occurrence – it will haunt him too, so hope he gets help and lots of loving care.


  • You just never know from one minute to the next what might happen. I hope mother and baby will make a full recovery.


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