It’s a parents worst nightmare and the reason why I hold my kids’ hands with a vice-grip!

A young girl is in a coma after running out onto a busy road and colliding with a van last week.

Chilling security footage shows a distressed mother screaming as her six year old daughter, Shanae Taiepa, ran out onto The Horsley Drive at Smithfield, in Sydney’s Southwest.

As reported on Yahoo!7, the little girl’s family were parked outside a doctor’s surgery when she broke free from her mother’s hand and ran between cars.

“Wait for us,” yelled her mother, before she starts screaming when Shanae is hit.

As the girl stepped out into the traffic, a white van passed in the opposite direction and collided with the child.

The child was attended to by the GP, who the family had just seen and he stayed with her until the paramedics arrived.

Shanae was unconscious and had suffered critical head injuries and and was taken to Westmead’s Children’s Hospital.

 The 55-year-old driver broke down on the sidewalk, hanging his head in his hands.

Acting Inspector Ireland said the man’s mandatory drug and alcohol tests came back negative and police do not believe he was speeding.

“The driver is extremely upset at the situation and at this stage, it doesn’t appear there’ll be any action,” he said.

Witnesses have described the scene as harrowing.

“The mother was crying… then I saw the daughter with blood on her head,” one woman told 9NEWS.

Shanae has undergone surgery and remains in an induced coma in a serious condition.

Officers have urged any witnesses to come forward.

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  • Hope the little girl recovers completely and the driver gets some assistance to recover too.


  • kids are so fast! I am so paranoid that I put them in the car in my garage and when I am out and about they are in a pram or trolley, much to my 4y/o’s disgust

    • I think it’s very clever of you, nealsq!


  • Aw this must be so devastating for the driver and the mum to see !! Hope and pray the girl will recover fully.


  • How devastating for all involved. I hope the girl makes a full recovery x


  • Oh my goodness. How quickly things can happen. That poor driver will never forgive himself , mum will feel guilty although she didn’t do anything wrong. I hope the little one is ok. Love and positive thought to them all


  • By far a worst nightmare for the family. Not too good being the 55 yo driver either


  • Every parent’s nightmare. It’s so easy for this to happen.


  • OMG… I hope she does recover and well. This has to be my worst nightmare with my 2.5 year old.
    Hope the driver isn’t traumatised either. No blame there, but that doesn’t mean he wont forever be haunted and feel guilty about it.


  • :-( Surely no blame for the driver. It happened so fast.
    Poor sweet little girl. Let’s hope she will make it.


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