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Police have laid new charges in the case of a 12-year-old who died after being critically injured when he was struck by a ute while riding a scooter.
Dawlon Smith-Saunders was riding a scooter with a friend when he was struck by a ute on David Low Way in Bli Bli about 5pm on September 3.
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Dawlon suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital, where he passed away fourteen days later on September 17.
The 12-year-old had suffered head and internal injuries as well as multiple fractures from the crash.
The driver of the ute, a 27-year-old Bli Bli man, was initially charged with drunk driving, after allegedly returning a reading of 0.069.
Dawlon Smith-Saunders, 12, was riding his scooter along David Low Way in Bli Bli on September 3 when he was struck by a ute driven by an alleged drunk driver. Credit: 7NEWSDawlon Smith-Saunders, 12, was riding his scooter along David Low Way in Bli Bli on September 3 when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver. Credit: 7NEWS
The Forensic Crash Unit has further charged the man with Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
The man is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 30.
Dawlon’s sister Letitia Smith previously told 7NEWS that her family was heartbroken.
“Watching your little brother die right in front of your eyes is nothing I ever imagined would happen,” she said.
“We’re all hurting, but we’re at ease knowing Dawlon’s no longer in pain and suffering anymore.”
Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Bli Bli. Credit: 7NEWS
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