Woman hit by car outside supermarket

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 19:08 26/03/2014
Pedestrian v car, hamilton
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Senior sergeant Dave Litton, of Hamilton Police, examines the scene where an elderly woman was struck by a car outside New World in Rototuna.

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An 87-year-old woman has died in Waikato Hospital after being knocked down by a car at a busy Hamilton shopping centre today.

The woman, who was leaving the Rototuna New World supermarket with her groceries about 10.20am today, was struck by a car while on a pedestrian crossing.

District Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace said the victim suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but died a short time later.

"While offering our condolences to the woman's family police also need to highlight that too many people are dying on or by our roads because simple road rules were not being observed."

Mrs Grace said today's tragedy was in addition to a 64-year-old pedestrian who died on Whatawhata Rd, March 6, and an 88-year-old man who died in hospital last week, 10 days after he was struck down by a vehicle on SH1 at Karapiro.

''Elderly pedestrians are an at risk group we all need to be mindful of,'' Mrs Grace said.

"Instead of apportioning blame we need to ask ourselves if we are doing enough to prevent these avoidable tragedies from occurring.

"All road users need to give each other breathing space out on the road and your driving behaviour should take into account the next guy could make a mistake."


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