Grief-stricken husband absolves young driver

ANGELA CUMING
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

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The husband of an elderly woman killed while trying to cross a Hamilton road says he forgives the driver of the car that hit her.

Eileen Reardon, 77, was struck by a BMW near the intersection of Thomas and Cate roads in the suburb of Rototuna about midday on Friday. She died in hospital a short time later.

Her husband of 32 years, Tim Reardon, yesterday told the Waikato Times he "wanted the young man to know we forgive him".

"It must be a very difficult, distressing time for him and we bear him no grudge," Mr Reardon said through tears.

A bouquet of flowers and a message of condolence was sent by the young man to the Reardons' home, which is within walking distance of the accident site.

Mr Reardon said the act of sending the flowers was "brave". "We do not want that man to carry the burden of what happened for the rest of his life," he said.

"I know Eileen would have forgiven him and not want him to be blamed.

"She would want him to get on with the rest of his life, he is so young, and that is what I want for him too.

"It's so important that he knows that we forgive him, especially as it is Christmas. Christmas is about forgiveness after all."

No charges have yet been laid in regards to the accident.

Meanwhile, a 5-year-old Hamilton boy is in a stable condition in Waikato Hospital after also being hit by a car in Hamilton on Friday afternoon. The boy was hit by a vehicle on Dominion Rd, near the intersection with Grange Ave, about 3.20pm. He suffered serious leg injuries.

Sergeant Juliet Burgess said with the festive season rapidly approaching police urged the public to "strive to maintain their situational awareness".

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