CROSS­ING DEATH

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.

Hawke's Bay Today - - FRONT PAGE - By Georgia May Gilbertson

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.

Photo / Paul Tay­lor

Po­lice at the scene of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in Onekawa, Napier, yes­ter­day.

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