Toddler’s accident "devastating"
A two-year-old boy and his grandmother both ended up in hospital after they were hit by a car, in an accident police describe as ‘‘devastating’’.
The toddler had been collected from a church daycare by his grandmother when he ran out on to Mt Eden Rd at about 11.30am on Tuesday.
He was taken to Starship children’s hospital in a critical condition.
His grandmother was taken to Auckland Hospital in a moderate condition with broken bones and grazing.
Senior Constable Martin Beeby says it appeared the boy ran out in front of passing traffic.
‘‘The grandmother’s chased after him and then he’s run out on the road and she’s run out as well to try and stop him and then they’ve both been hit by the car,’’ he says.
Senior Sergeant Grant Miller says such crashes happened in an instant, but the repercussions for all those involved were lasting.
‘‘Our Serious Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash and our thoughts are with the families involved,’’ he says.
The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and has given a statement to officers.
The black Mazda station wagon had a large dent in its side and its wing mirror was lying in the road.
Mt Eden Rd was closed between View Rd and Lovelock Ave until 4pm.
Daniel Lee came out of his house on Mt Eden Rd immediately after the accident.
‘‘Two people were lying on the road, then the ambulance came and police cars as well,’’ he says.
Lee says he helped block the busy street while the victims were attended to. ‘‘It was very sad, many people were crying because of the situation.’’
Beeby says it was an unfortunate accident.