Crossing near-miss upsets mother

21:59, May 25 2012
Dartanyan
Bridget Anderson (left) said her son Dartanyan, 2, was still re-enacting the moment a car hit his pram on Wednesday afternoon before it was steadied by her niece, Azalia Anderson (right), who was taking him out for a walk.

The mother of a toddler, whose pram was struck in a hit-and-run in Invercargill, is pleading with drivers to be mindful of pedestrian crossings.

Bridget Anderson said her son Dartanyan, 2, was still re-enacting the moment a car hit his pram on Wednesday afternoon, causing it to go over halfway, before it was steadied by her niece, Azalia Anderson, who was taking him out for a walk.

The incident happened at the intersection at Esk and Deveron streets at about 2.20pm.

Azalia said they were about halfway across the street when they were hit. The pedestrian crossing "green man" was flashing, indicating she still had right of way.

The car – which she described as being driven by an elderly man who did not make eye contact with her – pulled around the stroller after striking it and drove off without stopping, she said.

The moment was surreal, she said, and although she believed the car was coloured mustard-yellow, she couldn't be sure of the make and model.

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When she looked around for help, a woman – who she also described as being older – was driving past.

Azalia believed the woman saw the incident but did not stop to check if Dartanyan was hurt. He was agitated and asking for his mother when Azalia checked him, but was otherwise unhurt.

She took him to the Number 10 youth centre across the street and sat in the waiting area in shock.

When asked if she was waiting for an appointment, she told them they had been hit by a car and burst into tears. Staff called the police and she phoned Bridget at work to tell her what happened.

Bridget took him to the emergency department at Southland Hospital later in the day, but a doctor observed him running around and told her he believed Dartanyan was fine and didn't need a full checkup.

Bridget said the incident was unnerving for the family – and she expected more from the witness. "I wasn't happy at all. No-one would've known if he was hurt or not if they had seen it happen."

Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle said police were investigating.

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