Boy thrown 'like a ragdoll' when hit by car in South Auckland
A 5-year-old boy was thrown "like a ragdoll" when he was hit by a car while on his way to school in South Auckland.
A person living at the scene, who asked not to be named, said the boy tumbled to the ground when he was hit by a four-wheel-drive vehicle on Manuroa Rd, Takanini, about 8.45am on Friday.
"It was so horrible."
She said the boy lay there crying with blood on his face while nearby people gathered to help.
His mother looked devastated when she arrived, the witness said.
The boy had "shot out" in front of the car.
The driver of the SUV slammed on his brakes but was unable to stop in time.
Senior Sergeant Emiel Logan who was at the scene said the boy had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Friday afternoon, the boy was in a stable condition in Starship children's hospital.
The serious crash unit was investigating the accident, Logan said.
The child was a pupil at nearby Takanini School.
Acting principal Stephanie Anich said the accident was obviously a horrible thing to happen and staff were looking after the boy's sister while his mother had travelled with him in an ambulance to hospital.
Anich said she had only started at the school a month ago so was unsure what safety messages had been passed on to pupils.
"I don't know what messages kids have been given but we do have an assembly today so we'll be taking that time to remind them."
The woman who witnessed the incident, whose daughter also attended Takanini School, said further measures needed to be put in place at the crossing to prevent similar accidents happening in the future.
The driver of the car remained at the scene until shortly before 11am.
His car was collected by a towing service before police reopened the road.
Manuroa Rd resident Charmaine Tuhaka said she ran out to help the boy after hearing the crash.
"I was in the lounge and heard a skid and a bang, and I yelled out 'Mum, is that another crash'. But it was so loud."
Two other people also gave assistance to the boy.
The driver of the 4WD vehicle was "gutted, he was so shocked," she said.
The accident happened at a crossing, but a school crossing that gave motorists the right of way rather than a permanent pedestrian crossing, she said.