THE mother of a motorbike rider who hit an 18-month-boy says her son is "shattered".

The toddler remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being hit by the motorcycle in Woolgoolga yesterday afternoon.

The toddler was hit when he ran into the street chasing a ball while playing in a front yard in the small coastal town north of Coffs Harbour.

The motorbike rider was Woolgoolga local Dylan Tabbs.

The boy, who the The Daily Telegraph understands is Sudanese, was taken by road ambulance to Coffs Harbour Hospital with a head injury and abrasions to his body, and then flown to The Sydney Children's Hospital last night.

An 18-month-old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a motorbike in Woolgoolga. Picture: Seven News
An 18-month-old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a motorbike in Woolgoolga. Picture: Seven News

According to Mr Tabbs' mother Karen, the toddler and his older sister were playing alone in the yard when she chased the ball they were playing with onto the road. The boy followed and ran into the front guard of Mr Tabbs' motorbike.

She said her son, who had at lunchtime today not received an update on the boy's condition, was devastated.

"He's absolutely beside himself, he's shattered," she said.

"He stopped and rendered assistance to the boy."

Mr Tabbs was taken to the hospital where he was drug and alcohol tested, then allowed to go home.

Neighbour Leanne Hargrove, who said she held the boy, said he was chasing a ball on his scooter when he was hit by the motorbike.

"It's too dangerous and at that time of day too, it's becomes hard to see," Ms Hargrove said.

"It is a 50km/h zone and it seems that the child ran out in front of the bike while he was chasing a ball on his scooter."

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