Girl running for schoolbus, hit by ute

Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014

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A seriously injured schoolgirl was flown to Dunedin Hospital yesterday after she was struck by a ute near Queenstown.

The 9-year-old girl was struck as she crossed Hunter Rd, near the intersection with Mooney Rd, Speargrass Flat, soon after 8.30am as children waited for a school bus.

Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the girl was standing near a T-intersection with her brother.

The siblings were chatting to other children and their mother, who was in a parked car. Children were waiting at a shelter on the left side of the road while the bus to school pulled up on the opposite of the road.

"They were all waiting for a school bus, which was slightly later than usual," Watt said.

"She has seen the bus coming, she's gone to run across the road to get the bus. Witness accounts say she ran straight on the road and was struck by a vehicle.

"Had he [the driver] been travelling faster or at the speed limit the outcome could have been significantly worse. He hasn't had time to brake or swerve."

Watt said it appeared the youngster ran out on to the road without looking and was struck by the front left hand corner of the ute as it passed. It appeared the driver was not at fault, he said.

She suffered serious injuries including broken bones.

The girl was taken to Lakes District Hospital where she was stabilised before being flown to Dunedin.

 

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