Child killed by roller named

Last updated 16:27 09/06/2014
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TRAGIC: The steam roller that hit a toddler is removed from the North Shore property where the incident took place.

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Family at the home where a toddler was killed after being run over by a steam roller in his driveway are not ready to talk about the tragedy.

Two-year-old Marley Shearer was run over by the 1.5 tonne steam roller, which was being used to compact loose shingle on the driveway at the home in Lucas Heights, Paremoremo, north of Auckland during the weekend.

Family at the house declined to comment this afternoon.

A man at the family's home who identified himself as the boy's grandfather said it was "just too delicate".

The boy was struck as the man driving the roller, who was a relative of the toddler, reversed at 1.45pm on Saturday.

Shearer was rushed to Starship Hospital but died soon after.

A Police Serious Crash Unit investigation is ongoing and any decision whether charges will be laid is several weeks away.

"We're looking into how this tragedy occurred," said Constable Paul Hayward, Waitemata Serious Crash Unit on Saturday.

He said the roller driver and the rest of the child's family were being supported by Victim Support. 

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