A boy is fighting for life after being hit by a car in Cessnock.
The eight year old was struck by a sedan on Allandale Road at about 8pm Friday night, suffering severe head injuries.
Devastated family members rendered first aid until paramedics arrived.
The boy was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
The 55 year old male driver of the car was taken to Cessnock Hospital for mandatory testing.
A crime scene was set up, while police spoke to witnesses.