Child dead after being hit by car in South Waikato driveway

Many children have been hit and killed on Waikato driveways. This bouquet was a tribute to Isabella Thompson, 2, who was ...
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Many children have been hit and killed on Waikato driveways. This bouquet was a tribute to Isabella Thompson, 2, who was run over and killed by her father near Hamilton.

Police officers frantically tried to save a preschooler who was hit by a car and died in the driveway of a South Waikato farm.  

Shortly after police were called to the incident at 9.30am on Sunday, firefighters and paramedics arrived and also attempted CPR. 

But police said the young boy, understood to be of preschool age, died at the scene on a private driveway, near Tokoroa. 

The child's mother was present at the scene. 

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"It's tragic, when you get to the scene like that. The priority is always trying to save the patient," a fire service spokesperson said. 

"A lot of our members have young children of their own, it is sad to see the young child like, it is so innocent."

Fire crews assisted with CPR until paramedics arrived five minutes later, the person said. 

Rotorua's BayTrust rescue helicopter was also dispatched but St John said the child had already died. 

Senior Sergeant Mike Membery, of Bay of Plenty police, said officers and the serious crash unit had been at the property. 

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"There was a number of people present and we are working out who saw what."

Membery said the incident happened on the farm driveway near the house. 

The vehicle involved was a standard sedan. 

"We are carrying out all inquiries and working through that."

He would not reveal the age of the child until police had completed inquiries. 

A person at the house on Sunday said the boy's father and mother were visiting the child at the funeral home.

He said they were upset and did not wish to talk about what had happened.

But they were "bearing up".

A neighbour, who declined to be named, said she received a phone call to ask to help out with milking on the family-owned farm.

She said the family had lived at the property for a long time and were well known in the area.

"It's just a tragedy when it's children."

Another person, who knew the family, said the father was teary eyed when he said he would be taking days off.

"He's hurting pretty bad, he's not a bad bloke - emotions are running high."

* note: some details that appeared originally in this story have been altered due to a supression order.

 - Stuff

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