Man faces charges over mowing accident

07:23, Jan 15 2014
Uetaha Ransfield-Wanoa
TRAGIC: Four-year-old Uetaha Ransfield-Wanoa was killed after falling under a mower.

A 72-year-old man is to face a charge over a lawnmowing incident that killed a 4-year-old Hastings boy.

Uetaha Dahtanian Ransfield-Wanoa, of Camberley, died in the incident at Kirkpatrick Park in Hastings on October 8 last year.

The boy had been playing at the park with his cousins when he went under the tractor-pulled mower which was pulled by a tractor as it cut grass.

Flowers mark the spot where Uetaha Wanoa was killed, a day after the accident.

The accident was witnessed by the victim's 8-year-old uncle and other children who ran to get help.

Police said the man would face one charge of reckless driving causing death and had been summoned to appear in the Hastings District Court next month. He was seeking name suppression.

Hastings District Council and WorkSafe NZ were investigating the incident.

Police investigate the fatal accident.

Uetaha's family described him as "a bubbly, cheeky 4-year-old" with "a mischievous grin who was loved by everyone".


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