In a tragic incident, Dawlon Saunders, a 12-year-old boy tragically died 14 days post a collision with a Mazda ute on Father’s Day. The unfortunate incident occurred on September 3 on David Low Way in Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast, according to the Queensland Police. Young Dawlon was on his scooter when he was hit by a Mazda B2600 Utility vehicle, resulting in severe injuries that would lead to his death two weeks later.
The accident inflicted severe brain injuries, a fractured skull, a broken collarbone and arm, and a ruptured bladder. Dawlon was surrounded by his beloved family when he took his last breath at 3.34pm on a Sunday at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
His family was by his side every step of his battle. His sister, Letitia Michelle Smith, revealed through a heartfelt Facebook post that Dawlon had shown both progress and decline in his recovery. Initially, he only had minor damage to his external brain. However, as the days passed, a significant deterioration was recorded by Thursday.
The pain was intensified as his mother was bestowed with the heavy decision to turn off his life support on Friday. Being the fighter he was, Dawlon battled for two additional days before succumbing to his injuries.
Letitia, Dawlon’s older sister, has since launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to gather emergency funds in his name. The campaign has resonated with many and has collected over $18,000 within just two weeks. An additional GoFundMe campaign has been setup to shoulder the impending funeral costs and legal fees for the distressed family.
The Forensic Crash Unit is actively investigating the incident. Preliminary investigations has led to the identification of a 27-year-old man from Bli Bli who is alleged to be the driver. His blood alcohol level at the time of the accident reached 0.068. He has since been summoned to appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 30 for drink-driving charges.