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Baby Boy Critically Injured In Car Crash Dies In Hospital

A baby boy who was critically injured in a car crash just several hundred metres from his home in south-west Sydney has died. 

Officers are investigating the events leading up to the crash in Lurnea, including whether the 11-month old boy was seated on his father's lap and not restrained in a car seat.

The BMW they were travelling in collided with a Mercedes at the intersection of Clingan and Compton Avenues about  5.50pm on Monday.

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The baby boy was hit with full force by an airbag and suffered critical head and facial injuries.

He was airlifted to The Children's Hospital at Westmead, where he tragically died late on Tuesday, police confirmed.

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Neighbours who heard the crash on Monday evening had raced outside to find a distressed father with his little boy.

"He was panicked, yelling 'get the baby's mother, get the baby's mother," Lyn Carlin told reporters.

Passers-by ran to retrieve his partner who began trying to resuscitate her son within minutes, before paramedics arrived.

CCTV footage captured neighbours reacting to the crash. Image: provided

The father was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and alcohol testing, along with the 32-year-old driver of the Mercedes who police allege was distracted and veered into the BMW.

“We’re looking at the driver going to the incorrect side of the road and we’re also looking at issues around where the child was seated,” NSW Highway Patrol Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said on Tuesday.

“All indications suggest the child was on the lap of the driver of that vehicle… (and) the injuries…were consistent with being struck by the airbag.”

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