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Baby dies after being run over by maxi taxi on the Gold Coast

A one-year-old boy has died after being driven over by a maxi taxi on the northern Gold Coast.

Emergency services were called to Sovereign Islands — a gated community at Paradise Point — just after 10:30am.

The boy was hit by the taxi when he, his aunt and three siblings exited the van at Excalibur Court, after being dropped off from a shopping trip at Runaway Bay.

The 38-year-old Paradise Point woman thought one of the other children was looking after the boy when he was struck.

The child suffered critical head injuries and died at the scene.

A taxi at the scene of a fatal accident on the Gold Coast on December 7, 2018.

Inspector Jim Plowman said the baby was hit just after his aunt paid the fare.

"The one-year-old boy has somehow fallen under the wheel and is now deceased as a result of injuries sustained by being driven over," Inspector Plowman said.

"We do not believe there is any criminality or suspicious circumstances.

"Understandably everybody involved — the driver of the taxi, the aunty and the sisters and the brother of the baby boy are obviously distraught.

"Due to the injuries there was pretty much zero chance of any medical intervention being successful."

He said both the aunt and the 32-year-old taxi driver were in hospital suffering shock.

Police have closed Excalibur Court at Sovereign Island.

"He [the taxi driver] is obviously beside himself, purely emotional. We have contacted the taxi company … they will be getting their support services up there to assist him," he said.

"It is just one of those unfortunate things where you have a number of kids running around and it is one of those unfortunate accidents that realistically should not happen and unfortunately, from time to time, they do."

The baby's parents, who maintain a home in Papua New Guinea and at Sovereign Islands, are flying back to Queensland after been told of the tragedy by police.

Sovereign Islands is a wealthy enclave full of multi-million dollar homes.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating but no charged are expected to be laid.

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