Passersby rushed to a pedestrian’s aid after he was struck by a car inin Onekawa, Onekawa, Napier. He later died at the Maadi Rd scene.
Residents and passersby rallied in vain to save a 72-yearold man who was fatally hit by a car in Napier yesterday.
A section of Maadi Rd near the Onekawa shopping centre remained closed for nearly two hours as police and paramedics attended the scene about 4pm. It is understood the man was one of three crossing the road.
A resident who wished to remain anonymous said she didn't see the crash happen, but she certainly saw the aftermath.
‘‘I rushed out to where he was lying on the road,’’ she said.
‘‘I used to be a medic up in Auckland, so I knew what to do.’’
Another witness said the man was well known in the area and was believed to be homeless.
‘‘This was his spot . . . he used to sit on the seat outside the shops most days . . . he was well known, a really lovely guy, probably in his 60s or 70s.
‘‘It's so unfortunate but I'm just glad he's at peace.’’
The witness said people rushed to help the man, with the woman using her own shirt to attempt to stop the bleeding.
‘‘I could tell by his breathing he wasn't going to make it,’’ she said.
‘‘The ambulance was delayed on the expressway, so we did what we could . . . some people brought blankets to cover him up and keep him comfortable.’’
A shop owner said she didn't see the accident happen but saw people rush to assist the man.
‘‘One of my customers ran out, along with a few others, and covered the man with a blanket, then they called the ambulance,’’ she said.
The ambulance left the scene about 5pm and a tow truck arrived a short time later to remove the damaged vehicle.
Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Nicoll said his thoughts were with the man's friends and family.
It was understood the man was using the pedestrian crossing but Nicoll said police were unable to confirm it.
‘‘I can't confirm at this point whether he was on the pedestrian crossing.
‘‘Staff spoke to a number of witnesses at the scene and none of them saw the crash occur.’’
Police are now turning to the public for help. Anyone who has further information is asked to phone the Hawke's Bay Serious Crash Unit on (06) 831 0700.
Six people have died on the roads in Hawke’s Bay so far this year.
Police at the scene of a fatal accident in Onekawa, Napier, yesterday.