Elderly woman dies after being hit by car

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 14:50 07/12/2012
Thomas Rd crash
CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ

The serious crash unit is investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a car on Thomas Rd in Rototuna.

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LATEST: An elderly woman has died after being hit by a car in Rototuna today. 

Shift Manager, Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson, said emergency services were called to the scene of the crash, near the intersection of Thomas Road and Cate Rd in Rototuna about midday.

"The crash is under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit and initial indications suggest an elderly woman, believed to be aged 77-years-old has been crossing Thomas Rd towards Cate Rd when she was struck by a westbound BMW car," he said. 

"The woman was taken by ambulance in a critical condition to Waikato Hospital but died a short time later. The driver of the BMW, a male in his late teens, stopped at the scene and is assisting Police with their enquiries."

Mr Simpson said it was too early to speculate on the circumstances of the accident but is urging both drivers and pedestrians to take care on the roads as the road toll continues to climb, with four deaths in the first week of December.

"It is also the third road death and fourth vehicle fatality in the Waikato this month. We need to make sure everyone does their utmost to ensure the safe use of motor vehicles over the summer and prevent tragedies on our roads."

This years road toll for the Waikato is the highest in the country and currently sits at 43. 

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