LATEST: The grandfather of a two-year-old boy run over in a South Auckland driveway says it was a "tragic accident".
The boy, Brody Whiunui, was killed outside the home of his grandfather, Raymond Collins, 48.
"It was not even dumb luck it was a stupid accident," he said, standing at the spot where his grandchild died.
"He was only two and he was the most intelligent two-year-old I knew in my life. He was smarter than me, and I consider myself clever."
Collins said they had not been partying and police had made no arrests.
"I don't want to use the term but it was a tragic accident, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Emergency services were called to the house in Orpheus Pl, Papakura, at 7.25pm by people at the property saying the child had been run over, police said.
St John Counties Manukau operations team manager Patsy Carlyle said the boy was dead when emergency services arrived.
Police said they were not seeking anyone and were speaking to several witnesses, all of whom were understandably upset.
The serious crash unit is investigating.
Last night, the driveway was cordoned off and police and firefighters remained at the scene late into the night.
A Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee's (CYMRC) report, released last year, found that five young children are killed in driveway and other low-speed car accidents every year.
According to the report New Zealand has one of the worst rates of child driveway death in the world.
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