Baby injured in Timaru crash dies

22:15, Jun 26 2013
pareora crash
SERIOUS CRASH: Two cars collided on State Highway 1 near Pareora, sending five people, including three small children, to Timaru Hospital.

A 4-week-old infant has died from injuries suffered in a collision between a car and a ute on State Highway 1 yesterday.

The baby died overnight after being taken to Timaru Hospital in a ''very critical'' condition, a hospital spokesperson said today.

The crash happened about 12.30pm yesterday, near Pareora.

The baby was one of three children and two adults in a white four-door car that had pulled off on to the southbound verge for an unknown reason, said Senior Sergeant Mike van der Heyden, of Waimate.

The driver, a 27-year-old Timaru woman, allegedly pulled back on to the road in the path of a southbound red Nissan Terrano.

They collided, and the utility vehicle came to rest on the left verge, while the car, badly damaged on the driver's side, was angled across the centre of the highway, blocking the road.


Firefighters cut the roof off the car to free the driver. She, the infant and the other occupants of the car - a 28-year-old Timaru man and two children, aged 2 and 4 - were taken to Timaru Hospital.

The woman remained in hospital last night with minor injuries. The man and the two elder children were discharged from the hospital yesterday.

The driver of the ute, a 49-year-old Pareora man, was not hurt.

"He was quite shaken up," van der Heyden said.

Jiang Yan Wei was travelling in a vehicle about three cars back from the ute.

He did not see the collision but saw the ute jerk suddenly to the left verge after the impact.

"It's the most serious car crash I've ever seen," he said.

The Timaru Herald