Rototuna pedestrian killed

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012

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An elderly woman was killed, and a five-year-old boy injured, after they were hit by cars in two separate incidents in Hamilton yesterday.

A 77-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a car in the northern Hamilton suburb of Rototuna.

Her death takes the Waikato's road toll this year to 43, the highest in the country.

Police shift manager Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson said emergency services were called to the Rototuna accident near the intersection of Thomas Rd and Cate Rd about midday.

Mr Simpson said it was too early to speculate on the circumstances of the accident but it was being investigated by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit.

"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 inquiries."

In the other incident a five-year-old Hamilton boy was hit by a car on Dominion Rd about 3pm, after he ran out on the road, police said.

Mr Simpson said the child was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

He urged drivers and pedestrians to take care on the roads as the road toll continued to climb.

There have been four vehicle-related deaths in the region during the first week of December.

"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, Mr Simpson said.

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