The father of two children left motherless after a fatal crash in the Waikato last night heard his child's cries for help before finding the car overturned in a creek.
Waikato road policing manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, said emergency services were called to the scene on Waingaro Rd, near the intersection with Ohautira Rd, at Ngaruawahia about 9.40pm.
He said the woman, and her children aged 18-months and six years old, were reported missing by her partner about 7pm after they failed to return home from Hamilton. They were last seen about 3pm.
They were only a minute from home when the crash happened.
"The father and friends were searching for her vehicle on Waingaro Rd when they heard the six-year-old child and found the SUV overturned down the bank in a waist high creek," Lynam said.
"The children were rescued from the vehicle and a woman travelled to a nearby hotel to raise the alarm because of bad communications in the area."
Waingaro residents spoken to by the Waikato Times this morning said they were shocked to hear the news.
One woman said she heard a car driving up and down the road calling out a name last night. However, it was not until this morning that she realised why.
Another resident said the crash site was only about a minute from the woman's house and that the community was pretty upset on hearing the news.
Lynam said the woman died of her injuries at the scene, while the children were flown to Waikato Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.
"At this time we don't know the cause of the crash and serious crash unit will be returning to the scene today to oversee recovery of the vehicle and motorists should expect delays if travelling on Waingaro Rd," Lynam said.
"While the crash investigation is still in its formative stages, police would like to extend their sympathies to the family for their tragic loss."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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