Charge over Hastings lawnmower death

Last updated 16:36 15/01/2014

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An elderly man is to face charges after a fatal lawnmowing incident that killed a 4-year-old Hastings boy.

Uetaha Dahtanian Ransfield-Wanoa of Camberley died in the incident at Kirkpatrick Park, in Hastings on October 8 last year.

The boy had been playing at the park with his cousins when he went under the tractor-pulled mower as it cut grass.

The accident was witnessed by the victim's eight-year-old uncle and other children who ran to get help

Police said a 72-year-old man would face one charge of reckless driving causing death and had been summoned to appear at Hastings District Court next month. He was seeking name suppression.

Hastings District Council and WorkSafe NZ were conducting their own investigations into the incident.

Uetaha's family described him as "a bubbly, cheeky 4-year-old" with "a mischievous grin who was loved by everyone."

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