A Christchurch toddler has been hit by a reversing car in Raglan.
Sergeant Andrew Mortimer said emergency services were called to the car park at Manu Bay about 9.25am today.
"The matter is still under investigation, but initial indications are a 3-year-old boy who had fallen from his scooter was reversed over by a car as it backed out of a car park,’’ he said.
"It appears the child was not seen by the driver of the vehicle. Eyewitnesses alerted the driver to what had unfolded and the driver was able to stop, which prevented any serious injury to the child."
St John paramedics treated the boy at the scene before the Westpac Waikato air ambulance flew him to Waikato Hospital for further assessment.
A hospital spokeswoman said the child was expected to be discharged today.
A wheel of the car was on him briefly, but he had a helmet on and no bones were broken.
The car was travelling slowly and the driver was quickly alerted to the situation.
The boy's mother said her son was lucky that bystanders had responded so quickly.
She also thanked a female surfer who paddled out to get her and assisted her back to her husband and other child.
The parents said they did not blame the car driver.
"We were certainly thanking God as we were being transferred by the helicopter," the mother said.
Mortimer said the car park was packed with vehicles and people when the accident happened.
Witnesses had been identified and would be spoken to in coming days, and it was too early to say whether charges would be laid, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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