Preschooler hit by car in Claremont, in Hobart's north, in critical condition

© Provided by ABC NEWS It is believed the girl ran out of her car and into the path of another vehicle. (Supplied)

An off-duty doctor has come to the aid of a four-year-old girl who was struck by a car at Claremont, in Hobart’s northern suburbs.

The child was taken to The Royal Hobart Hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a passing car about 1pm today.

Police believe the child ran out from the family’s car and into the path of another vehicle on Cadbury Road.

Senior Sergeant Karl Krelle of Tasmania Police said the car the girl had been travelling in was stopped on the side of the road when the incident occurred.

“The circumstances are that a red Holden commodore has broken down on the side of the road. Inside that car was a young four-year-old female child,” Senior Sergeant Krelle said.

“While the vehicle was attempting to be repaired, the child has run onto the roadway and as a result the vehicle that was travelling in the same direction has collided with the child.”

He said an off-duty doctor who was passing by provided assistance while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Local residents also heard the incident and provided assistance.

A man and a youth who were in the red commodore are helping police with their inquiries, while a woman in her 40s – and the driver of the white car – who witnessed the incident is being offered support.

Senior Sergeant Krelle said that the girl’s father was working under the bonnet of his car at the time of the incident.

“It’s a tragic set of circumstances. Children are unpredictable and we need to make sure as a driver on the road and a parent we look after our children because roadways are very dangerous places,” he said.

He also said that at this stage in the investigation, alcohol, drugs or speed are not considered to be factors.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area while police continue their investigations.

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