Tod­dler’s ac­ci­dent "dev­as­tat­ing"

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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