Minns calls for answers over fatal student crash

Kogarah MP Chris has questioned why the offender charged with manslaughter following the crash that killed a 12-year-boy outside Hurstville Public School last Friday was allowed out in the community.

The boy was trapped under a car that ploughed into the school fence as he walked along Forest Road on his way to Sydney Technical High School on Friday morning and later died of his injuries on his way to hospital.

Rabih Abdul Rahman, 36, was charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death, driving disqualified and other traffic offences following the boy's death.

Mr Minns raised a number of questions on his Facebook page about the tragedy and added he would be seeking safety upgrades outside the school as a matter of urgency.

"The nature of this event requires questions as to why the person who has been charged with manslaughter in relation to this case was allowed in our community in the first place," Mr Minns said.

"The man allegedly involved was subject to an Intensive Corrections Order - which means he was serving a prison sentence 'in the community'.

"I have been attempting to discover why this person was allowed into our community and what restrictions had been placed on him by the courts and parole authorities, and whether these restrictions and monitoring procedures were adhered to."

Mr Minns said highlighted the need to upgrade and provide increased fencing along Forest Road in front of Hurstville Public School as a matter of urgency.

"Rest assured I have spoken to the Mayor (Georges River councillor Kevin Greene) about this issue and written to the Minister for Roads requesting his assistance as well."

Hurstville parents have launched a petition to improve traffic and road safety on Forest Road. More than 10,735 people have signed it so far.

Mr Minns said he has had several people asking about the identity of the off-duty paramedic who administered CPR to the boy.

"I'm attempting to find out so that I can pass on the communities heart-felt thanks to him," he said.

"Losing a child on the way to school is every parents worst nightmare.

"Like all of you I feel devastated about this event and I pray that it never happens again."

Parents are requesting the possibility of installing a 50-100 metre barricade around the intersection of Forest Road and Lily Street - the site of the crash.

Labor MP for Barton, Linda Burney, has expressed her condolences for the victim's family, and thanked those who assisted at the scene.

"The safety and well-being of our students, especially as they commute to and from school, is paramount," she said.

"I will work with the local school, community and state member for Kogarah Chris Minns, to give them whatever support they need to improve road and pedestrian safety for the school as well as along Forest Road."