Boy (4) recovering after he is struck by car as he ran onto road to escape wasp
A four-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being knocked down after he apparently ran onto a road to escape a wasp.
The boy was knocked down by a passing car near St John's Well just off the Commons Road in Cork.
The accident occurred around 2pm on Friday. The child was brought to hospital where he was described as being in a critical but stable condition at the time.
It is understood the little boy, who became scared of the angry wasp, ran straight onto the roadway.
He had been playing with friends near a local green as youngsters enjoyed the seasonal sunshine.
However, the youngster apparently became frightened of the insect which had suddenly buzzed around him.
He tried to escape it by running away.
After the impact, the boy was dragged for several metres by the car.
The vehicle then had to be lifted off the youngster.
After the accident, locals comforted the boy, whose home is a short distance away, as they awaited the arrival of paramedics.
Emergency services were on the scene within minutes and the boy was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) with multiple impact injuries.
The boy's family were maintaining a vigil by his hospital bedside.
The female driver of the car was unhurt but was treated at the scene for extreme shock.
Locals said she was very distressed at the scene.
Gardai commenced inquiries in the area seeking to speak to everyone at the accident scene.
Gurranabraher gardai appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them.
Locals described the incident as "a freak accident."