A four-year-old boy who was walking hand-in-hand with his father has died after being hit by a four-wheel drive in a medical centre carpark at Berwick, in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.
Detective Sergeant Mark Amos said the four-wheel-drive was travelling along Kangan Drive towards Clyde Road about 12:00pm when the car careered over a median strip into the carpark of the Epworth Medical Centre.
"As he was negotiating a left-hand bend, the driver for some reason failed to take the bend," he said.
"On entering that car park he's struck a small child pedestrian who was walking with his father, then that land cruiser has come to rest next to some parked cars."
"Unfortunately as a result of that collision, the young child has died whilst trying to be saved and taken to hospital by air.
"The father's gone out with his son, holding his hand, doing what good dads do and this outcome's come up on them very, very suddenly.
"This has just come clean out of the sky, there was no way you could have predicted this could have happened."
The driver stopped at the scene and spoke with police. He was taken to Dandenong hospital.
Detective Sergeant Amos said police were investigating how the crash occurred.
"At this point in time we're early days with the investigation, trying to to establish what exactly why this collision has occurred and had such a tragic outcome," he said.