Police warning after driveway accident

Last updated 18:28 21/01/2014

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A driveway accident that left a toddler seriously hurt is a reminder to monitor children at all times, Counties Manukau police say.

A Mangere resident called police just after 10am yesterday after he heard screams for help from a neighbouring property.

Emergency services arrived to find a 2-year-old girl had been badly injured by a reversing car.

She had been playing with siblings when the accident occurred.

"The child was struck by the vehicle as it was reversing and received head injuries from the driveway," Sergeant Kylie Newton said.

The girl was taken to Middlemore Hospital with a serious cut to the head and was transferred to Starship children's hospital that afternoon.

She is in a stable condition in the hospital's intensive care unit today.

Newton said it was too early to reveal who was driving the car – a Holden sedan. The serious crash unit is investigating and police have yet to decide whether charges will be laid.

Newton said it was important people knew where children were at all times.

"Always check around the back of your car before you reverse and ensure children are well out of the way or inside," he said.

Incidents of this type were an ongoing concern for the police, he said.

"Any accident is too many and certainly this is all too frequent."

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