Boy, 16, critically hurt after being hit by Sydney taxi

The young person fighting for life after he was hit by a taxi on a busy road in Sydney's south-west has been identified as a 16-year-old boy.

Police had been unable to figure out who the victim was after he was hit on Canterbury Road at Lakemba just before 3am on Saturday.

However this afternoon police said the victim was a 16-year-old from Punchbowl.

He remains in a critical condition in St George Hospital with fractures and internal injuries. Police were not sure whether he had been hit by another vehicle before being hit by the taxi.

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Wiley Park, stopped and helped the boy who he said had been lying across the eastbound lanes.

There were witnesses who said they saw the boy on the road before he was struck.

Police were unable to ascertain who the boy was, releasing images of the clothes he was wearing and a description - saying he was a young man of Pacific Islander or Maori appearance, aged between 20 to 25 years, wearing a red and grey jumper, grey tracksuit pants, Greenacre Wests Tigers shorts, and work boots.

However this afternoon he was identified as the teenager.

Police still wish to speak with anyone who might have witnessed the incident on Saturday morning.

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