A toddler has died after being hit by a car in a carpark of a Napier KFC this afternoon.
Police said the boy, 2, got out of the family car after it had parked in the carpark, and then ran behind the car.
A car entering the carpark on Thackeray Street then struck him.
His parents drove him to the nearby Napier Medical Centre, where staff called St John Ambulance.
St John Ambulance district operations manager Stephen Smith said paramedics had worked on the boy for about half an hour before he was declared dead.
Smith said he could not give details of the fatal injuries until the coroner's inquest.
The boy and his family are from Napier, police said. His name will not be released until all family have been notificed.
Police were alerted around 3.20pm to the incident and would be speaking to the driver of the car, the family and any witnesses, a spokeswoman said.
The serious crash unit was investigating.
The carpark was cordoned off for a while after the incident.
A Napier KFC manager said staff were not able to make any comment at this time.
- The Dominion Post