A six-year-old girl suffered serious head injuries when her 'stupid' and apparently drunk parents put her on an overloaded quad bike that rolled, police say.
Police say four intoxicated adults and the girl were riding a Honda quad bike on a country road near Waimarama Beach, 40 kilometres east of Hastings about 11.20 last night when it veered over a bank.
Police based at Waimarama for the holiday period, volunteer fire officers and St John Ambulance Officers attended the Okaihau Rd accident.
Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter had to land at the nearby Waimarama Domain because the steep terrain prevented it from landing at the accident scene.
A 28-year-old man with a severely broken leg and the girl with head injuries were airlifted while the three remaining adult patients were taken by ambulance to Hawke's Bay Hospital.
All passengers, including the girl's parents, suffered multiple injuries, including dislocated hips, broken limbs and head injuries.
Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt condemned their actions.
''All four adults appeared to be intoxicated and were riding an overloaded quad bike that was not designed to carry that many passengers. We are lucky that no-one died as a result,'' Shadbolt said.
''It is a real shame that a 6-year-old girl has to suffer due to the stupidity of the adults that were supposed to be looking after her.''
A hospital spokeswoman said the girl remained in a critical condition while the four adults, who suffered serious injuries, were stable.
- The Dominion Post
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