The family of a toddler who was left fighting for life after a hit-and-run accident in Melbourne's south-west say they hold "no hate" towards the driver who allegedly ploughed into the boy before fleeing the scene.
A 21-year-old man, who was driving on his learner permit, has been charged over the Laverton crash that left two-year-old Damon Michell seriously injured.
The family say Damon escaped from his home while his 13-year-old brother was unloading something from the car and ran out onto the road just before 9pm on Sunday.
It's understood Damon got out through a side gate.
His mother and brother rushed from the house to try and grab him in the moments before he was struck by a car on Railway Avenue.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the family said Damon remained in an induced coma at the Royal Children's Hospital but his condition was improving and it was hoped he would be moved out of the intensive care unit and into a ward soon.
"What happened Sunday night was a terrible accident," the statement said.
"We can't say too much about the driver due to court coming up but there is no hate towards him. Hate, being angry and blaming anyone is not going to help Damon in any shape or form. Our one main focus during this whole time has been making sure Damon is getting the care that he needs and back to good health.
Police allege that the driver of a Holden station wagon travelling east-bound didn't stop after hitting the boy.
Police found the car abandoned at a shopping centre in nearby Altona Meadows.
A 21-year-old Laverton man has since been charged with failing to stop, failing to render assistance and driving without a full licence.
He has been released on bail to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
Damon's mother's cousin, Katie Moran, said on Monday the toddler had just celebrated his second birthday on Father's Day on September 2.
"He is a beautiful little boy," she said. "He is affectionate, cheeky, always wanting to help and loves his baby sister and his older brothers and sister."
A fundraising page has been set-up for the toddler by relatives to help with the costs of his medical care.
Melissa Cunningham reports breaking news for The Age.