Teenage driver had ‘no remorse’ after his car wheel flew off while doing a burnout and hit a five-year-old boy in the head – leaving the child in a coma
- Five-year-old boy was allegedly hit in the head by wheel that flew off a car
- Blue Ford Falcon was at a red light in Caboolture, QLD about 4.30pm Wednesday
- Police allege Blake Davey-Jennings, 18, performed a burnout at the traffic lights
- The rear passenger wheel then allegedly flung off and hit the boy in the head
A five-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was allegedly hit in the head by a car wheel which flew off while the driver was allegedly doing a burnout.
Blake Davey-Jennings, 18, allegedly spun the tyres of a blue Ford Falcon ute when the light turned green at the King Street and Morayfield Road intersection in Caboolture, Queensland, about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
The teen has been charged with dangerously operating a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, driving unlicensed and unregistered, and other registration offences, and faced Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link.
Blake Davey-Jennings, 18, has been charged with a range of driving offenses
Blake Davey-Jennings, 18, allegedly spun the tires of a blue Ford Falcon ute (pictured) when the light turned green
Investigators said the young boy was walking with his family on the footpath outside Caboolture Square Shopping Centre when he was struck by the wheel.
‘The child suffered life threatening head injuries and was transported to Brisbane Children’s Hospital in a serious condition,’ Queensland Police said.
Davey-Jennings was arrested at the scene shortly after and today his lawyer said his client was in a severe state of shock, the Courier Mail reported.
He told the court the teen tried to render assistance by removing debris to enable emergency services greater access to the boy.
But during today’s bail hearing the police prosecutor said Davey-Jennings showed no remorse and seemed completely unaffected by the incident.
The prosecutor claimed the teen walked over to the victim, not to help ‘but rather to collect his tyre’.
‘If not for the fast response of the ambulance workers he would have been dead,’ she told the court.
The prosecutor claimed the teen (pictured) walked over to the victim, not to help ‘but rather to collect his tyre’
‘He seems to have no regard whatsoever for the community.’
Davey-Jennings had recently moved to Queensland to take up a full time role as a carpet layer.
He will be remanded in custody for another 24 hour before the Magistrate rules whether the teen will be granted bail.
The five-year-old boy who sustained severe internal injuries has now been placed in an induced coma.
Burpengary Forensic crash unit Sergeant Greg Price said family members of the boy are deeply traumatised by the incident.
A friend close to Davey-Jennings told Daily Mail Australia the teen’s family are ‘beyond devastated’.
Police are urging anyone who was at the scene or has dash cam footage to come forward or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A forensic investigator takes pictures of the blue Ford ute allegedly involved in the incident
Davey-Jennings will be remanded in custody for another 24 hour before the Magistrate rules whether the teen will be granted bail (pictured, police vehicles arrive at the scene)