3-year-old boy killed by car in driveway on Christmas Eve

News from NZ Police
A three year old boy was killed by a car on a shared driveway near Taupo on Christmas Eve. He was Te Haeata Pitiroi, aged three.

The incident occurred at approximately 8.55pm on the 24th, when police were called to Hatepe village near Taupo.

It appears that a woman was leaving a property down a shared driveway on Te Mako Mako Lane when her car struck a three-year-old boy. Attempts to revive the boy at the scene were unsuccessful.

Police are investigating the incident and providing support for the family.

The death of a child is particularly poignant given it is Christmas Eve. Our thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time.

The identity of the little boy will not be released until all next of kin have been advised.