An 8-year-old boy hit by his father's reversing car is recovering in Nelson Hospital.
Nelson police spokesperson Barbara Dunn said the man was reversing his car down a driveway in Main Rd, Lower Moutere when he realised he had hit something. The boy had gone under the vehicle and been partially run over, but managed to scramble out on his own.
He was flown by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter to Nelson Hospital about 8pm yesterday in a serious condition.
He had been "struck by a reversing moving vehicle at low speed", according to the rescue service. He was treated by the onboard intensive care paramedic.
Ms Dunn said it was too early to say if charges would be laid against the father but it was unlikely.
A hospital representative this morning said the boy was in a stable condition.
Figures from the injury prevention service of Auckland's Starship hospital, Safekids Aotearoa, say that a child is hospitalised with serious injuries from a vehicle driving on a private driveway every two weeks in New Zealand. An average of five children are killed annually in the same way.
Safekids Aotearoa said the drivers were usually a close family member in these incidents.
Housing New Zealand began a multimillion dollar project this year aimed at making HNZ driveways safer for children, saying its properties were "over-represented" in driveway accidents.
It inspected nearly 13,000 properties where there were children aged under 5, with the goal of putting safety improvements in place within the next four years.
The improvements included fencing; self-closing gates with child-resistant latches to separate driveways from children's play areas; speed humps; speed restriction signs and convex mirrors.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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