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Investigation into death of 12-year-old boy after Memorial Drive crash

POLICE have commenced an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy following a crash at Towradgi overnight.

A Holden Barina was reportedly travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic light at the intersection of Towradgi Road, Towradgi about 1.35am on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Officers at nearby Corrimal Police Station heard the crash and responded immediately; however, the vehicle was found empty after the occupants fled.

A crime scene was established and is being examined by specialist officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.

About 2am, emergency services were called to Balgownie, responding to reports a 12-year-old boy attended a home, suffering significant injuries.

The boy was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and transferred to Wollongong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A crime scene was also established at the home and police are investigating if the child’s death is linked to the crash.

Police are calling for anyone with information or dashcam relevant to the crash investigation, or how the child came to be injured, to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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