A one-year-old baby boy died after being hit by a Toyota Prius near the Hyde Park. According to reports, the toddler was being pushed in a pram by a female relative when the crash occurred in Kensington on the evening of 7 March.
"The incident happened at about 6.10pm that day at Hyde Park Gate, SW7. The child - a one-year-old boy was - with a family member at the location when the collision occurred," said a Scotland Yard spokesman. "He was taken to a central London hospital by London Ambulance. Sadly he died at 9.50pm. Next of kin have been informed, but he has not yet been formally identified."
The incident occurred outside the Baglioni hotel, which is located opposite Hyde Park. The hotel has maintained that the crash had "nothing to do with the hotel itself". The toddler is believed to have died four hours after the incident which occurred just before 10pm local time. According to the Metropolitan Police, the driver was not arrested and was "helping police with their inquiries".
"You could see the pram in the street. There was lots of police cars and panic going on. They were going through the Prius with a torch light and the road was all sealed off," a witness told the Evening Standard. "I don't know if the baby rolled forwards or backwards but the car hit them. Someone said they heard screaming."
"A post mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. The car - a silver Toyota Prius - stopped at the scene. The driver was not arrested but is helping police with their enquiries," said a Scotland Yard spokesman. The crash is being investigated by the Met's Serious Collisions Investigations Unit.