A four-year-old boy is clinging to life in hospital after being run down on a Mississauga street by a car whose driver fled the scene.


Peel police later arrested a man on four charges, including impaired driving and leaving the scene after the Sunday night accident on Roche Court, a cul-de-sac near Erin Mills Parkway and the Queen Elizabeth Way. Officers say alcohol and high speed were factors in the crash.


Little Yahya Syed was walking with his aunt, Nuzhat Abdulghani, about 8:45 p.m. when he darted from her grasp on the sidewalk, onto the dead-end street and into the path of a black Nissan Maxima.


The youngster was dragged more than 35 metres before the car came to a stop.


“We were just having a little walk around the building because it was nice weather,” Abdulghani told the Toronto Star. She said she was waiting for her sister Haleem —Yahya’s mother — to come to pick him up.

Yahya is being treated at the Hospital for Sick Children, where doctors put the boy into a drug-induced coma as they try to treat the severe head injuries he suffered.

Elliot Khelawan, 52, was released from custody in Brampton court yesterday and ordered to appear again on June 27.