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A Perth toddler is lucky to be alive after being being run over by a driver who thought the two-year-old was ‘a speed bump’.

Emma and Ryan Golloway were holidaying at a caravan park in Esperance, WA, with their sons Archie, five, and Parker, two, when the horrific accident unfolded.

The holiday park was ‘packed’ according to Emma, who said they had previously been to the location a couple of times.

Five days into their trip, the couple was chatting to their new ‘van neighbours’ while Archie and Parker played on their scooters nearby. Emma recently explained on The Flying Doctor Podcast that Parker asked if he could have ‘one more scoot around’ before disappearing around a bend on the caravan park lane.

Just moments later, the mum says there was ‘a lot of commotion’, with people running, before Archie found her and explained Parker had been hit by a 4WD.

Toddler run over by 4WD

Emma and Ryan rushed to the scene, where they found Parker wrapped in a blanket, between the tyres of a Landcruiser and the van it was towing.

“The driver had knocked Parker over with his bullbar and then driven over him with his front wheel. Then drove over him again. He just thought he was a speed bump,” Emma said.

“It was just really unfortunate timing. No one is to blame. But there were a number of witnesses who saw the whole thing. It was horrifying.”

Incredibly a paediatric doctor, a midwife and nurse and were staying at the caravan park and started treatment while they waited for an ambulance.

“He was on his belly and he was conscious but he was whimpering. He was moving his head slightly but he couldn’t speak. At that stage, we didn’t know what had happened.”

Once the family arrived at Esperance Hospital, the extent of his injuries became clear and he was flown to Perth Children’s Hospital for treatment. Parker’s pelvis was broken in three places, he had a broken arm, internal bleeding and a laceration on his liver.

Toddler run over by 4WD

The toddler remained in hospital for a harrowing four weeks.

“There were times where he’d just be screaming all night. But he mostly just watched TV, that’s all we could do. It was heartbreaking to watch.”

Police who saw CCTV of the incident, which happened in January 2023, said it was a ‘miracle’ Parker survived.

While he still has some issues with walking and movement, Parker, now four, is back on his scooter and back to his normal self.

“He’s just loving life now,” Emma said.

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  • It would have been horrifying to see this happen to the little guy. I’m just glad that the right people were there at the time. It’s great to know that he’s still with his family. His guardian angel worked a miracle that day.

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  • Such a terrible thing to happen for all concerned. Obviously, this boy has a reason to stay right here on earth at this time, so he wasn’t taken. Makes one think about the hereafter doesn’t it?

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  • Oh my goodness. So glad the lil guy is well.

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  • How horrible for all involved. So glad this brave little guy is doing okay.

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  • Oh that is so horrible; poor kid. So glad he is ok. What a terrible thing to happen and for all those people to see as well.

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  • Wow. What a horrific accident. So glad he’s okay and loving life.

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  • Best wishes for his long term recovery.

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  • How horrifying for both the driver and the family whose son was run over. It would have been a nightmare.
    Esperance is such a lovely town especially in summer ☀️with the lovely beaches and so much more.
    Christmas in Esperance this year – may we be blessed with no accidents.

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  • That sounds absolutely horrifying for all involved and amazing that all is well.

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  • Poor little one; must have been terrifying.


    • There can be so many blind spots with large vehicles.

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  • Thanks God he’s alive and okay, a true miracle !

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  • That poor little guy. Thank goodness he’s doing okay now, and the luck having specialised medical staff staying at the same park!

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  • I actually feel sick reading this. All I can picture is my little ones faces. That poor boy! I’m so glad that he is ok.


    • It could have ended so differently !

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  • Oh my gosh that is a miracle!! How this little body endured the weight – thankfully he is ok now

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  • This is why I hate those big 4 wheel drive cars in cities. Okay, I know here they were camping so it’s a bit different. But still. Scary around schools.

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  • Wow this was so very sad to read, i got a little emotional and teary reading this article. I am so so very happy to hear the little boy is doing well and living life again. What an awful scary accident and to think what they poor family went through.


    • Same, it’s heartbreaking to read.

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