Boy on scooter hit by 4WD

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 16:59 17/02/2014

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A Masterton schoolboy has been taken to hospital with leg injuries after he rode his scooter out onto the road and into the path of a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The boy had been travelling home from school on his scooter and was a distance behind his cousin when both children crossed Colombo Road and the vehicle hit him.

The 9-year-old boy was dragged for about a metre before the vehicle, which was moving slowly, stopped. The driver called an ambulance, police said.

The boy would need to spend at least one night in Masterton hospital for treatment for the deep-tissue cuts in his leg, Sergeant Chris Megaw of Masterton police, said.

The driver of the vehicle had not been speeding at all, which was lucky for the young crash victim, Mr Megaw said.

"I think this shows if a vehicle is going slowly enough and there is an accident it's still unfortunate but there's a greater chance the pedestrian will survive."

The boy's injuries were substantial but he was expected to recover, he added. "He's going to be alright but he's going to have a pretty sore leg for awhile." 

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