A four-year-old girl was killed and a maid from Myanmar severely injured after they were hit by a car in Bukit Batok in Singapore’s West Region on Monday evening.

Domestic worker Su Su Hlaing and Singaporean toddler Eleanor Tan Si Xuan were holding hands and crossing the road at about 6.40pm when they were hit by a car on Bukit Batok Central, heading toward Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

The maid had just picked up the girl from a nearby childcare center, and the pair were on the way back home at the time of the incident.

A man at the scene, a 63-year-old barber surnamed Low, said the girl and the woman were found lying on the road a few meters apart after the crash. The girl was unconscious with bleeding from the head and bruises on her legs, while he kept taking to the maid to try to help her retain consciousness.

Dr Stanley Peck, 48, who works at a clinic near the scene, learned of the accident and rushed out to provide emergency first aid to the girl. He performed chest compression on Tan in a bid to revive the youngster, as she had already lost her pulse.

The maid, who was seen hitting the car’s windscreen at the front and rear before falling on the road behind, sustained injuries to her head and right hand. Hlaing was later also helped by a doctor who was passing by in a taxi.

Both victims were rushed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where the girl was later pronounced dead. The maid remains at the hospital getting treatment for her injuries.

A 53-year-old man who drove the black Proton sedan that hit the pair was arrested by Singapore police for causing death by a rash act. He was seen giving a statement and stayed at the scene until around 9pm.