Woman seriously hurt in accident
A woman was rushed to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition yesterday afternoon after she was hit by a car.
The accident happened opposite Steele Park on Grey St, about 3.40pm.
Tamati Parks was coaching Forest Lake Primary School pupils when he heard a "bang" nearby.
"I knew it wasn't a car bang, it was actually a person."
The sound of the impact was different to the usual noise of a car crash, Mr Parks said yesterday.
Senior Sergeant Mike Underwood, of Hamilton police, said a man had driven out of McDonald's on to Grey St, turned right and hit the women outside Kakariki House.
The driver immediately pulled on to the kerb and stayed at the scene.
Mr Parks, a meatworker, said the woman was still and bleeding in the middle of the road when he reached her.
"She looked bad."
He said she had a head wound, cuts on her arms and one of her legs was obviously broken.
Among the bystanders who rushed to the woman's aid were a nurse and doctor.
Mr Parks said they checked to see if the woman had dentures and made sure her airway was open.
They did not want to move her because of her head injury.
"We kept telling her she'd be OK and not to panic - just saying, 'it's all right love, I've got your hand'.
"When we saw her eyes open we knew she was starting to hear and coming out of shock.
"Then she was wanting to get up but we said she had to stay down."
Mr Parks was still recovering from his own injury while tending to the woman - 54 days ago he cut his finger off with a freezing works hot-saw.
Police and St John Ambulance arrived "within minutes" and cordoned off the road for more than an hour while they interviewed witnesses.
The serious crash unit was also investigating.
The injured woman was taken to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition but was expected to recover.
Mr Parks praised the quick response from emergency services and bystanders.
"I don't know if that sounds rude or not but it was a whole community sort of thing," he said.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone who has not spoken to police yet is urged to contact Sergeant Phil Ruddell, of the Hamilton strategic traffic unit, on 07 858 6200.