Hit-and-run driver arrested in Byron Bay

Police have arrested a 27-year-old woman in Byron Bay, after she allegedly reversed over a child before fleeing the scene.

The four-year-old girl was walking through a carpark on Lighthouse Road with her parents when the hit-and-run incident occurred around 6.30am on Saturday morning

The light blue Volvo dragged the girl down an embankment, however the four-year-old is said to be in a stable condition sustaining a suspected leg fracture.

She was taken to Tweed Heads hospital following the incident, but was later transferred to Brisbane Children's Hospital where she underwent minor surgery on her leg.

Several people witnessed the event which ultimately led to the arrest of the New Zealand national. She has been charged with three counts of grievous bodily harm; dangerous driving, negligent driving and failure to stop on impact.

Byron Bay Inspector Gary Cowan, who led the investigation, says witness accounts proved instrumental in securing the woman's arrest.


"If it weren't for those witness accounts and the community response, [the suspect] wouldn't have been taken in so quickly," he said.

The female has been granted conditional bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court during the week. Police say she is cooperating with investigations.

The four-year-old's parents have spent the day between the crime scene and the hospital. Inspector Cowan says they were "understandably traumatised" by the incident, and have asked for privacy while they inform family and friends of the incident.

Police are expected to release the identities of the victim and suspect on Sunday morning.