77-year-old woman pedestrian dies after being hit by BMW driven by teenager

News from NZ Police
A woman pedestrian died this afternoon after an accident in the north of Hamilton. 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 77-years-old has been crossing Thomas Rd towards Cate Rd when she was struck by a westbound BMW car,” said shift manager Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson.

“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 this afternoon’s crash but highlighted it was the third pedestrian death in the Waikato this year and he urged both drivers and pedestrians to take care.

“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.”

Soon after the pedestrian’s death. ambulance staff advised of four people requiring treatment on Frankton’s Greenwood Street after a collision between an Isuzu Bighorn and a Volkswagen car about 2.30pm.”

A short time later a boy, believed to be six-years-old, was struck by a vehicle in the suburb of Nawton. This incident happened on Dominion Road near the intersection with Grange Avenue and the boy was taken by ambulance to Waikato Hospital with serious leg injuries in a status two condition.