Update Hamilton school-boy seriously injured by car

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Hamilton Police investigating this morning’s injuring of a schoolboy crossing a busy City street are appealing for witnesses to come forward.Update Hamilton school-boy seriously injured after stepping out in front of car
Hamilton Police investigating this morning’s injuring of a schoolboy crossing a busy City street are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sergeant Phil Ruddell of the Hamilton Strategic Traffic Unit said the road was particularly busy at the time of the incident on Ruakura Rd near the entrance to Innovation Park, about 8.15am.

“We’ve spoken to the 17-year-old male driver of the car and identified the injured boy. His next of kin was located and taken to the crash scene prior to his being taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.

“The crash is being investigated by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit. At this point indications are the boy may have been following a friend who had already run across the road, when he was struck by the car travelling east in the 80km/h speed zone.”

Mr Ruddell said officers would like to hear from any witnesses to the incident who have not already spoken to Police at the scene.

“At this point we need to highlight the importance of having a second look before stepping out in front of traffic, that moment’s caution can mean all the difference between a normal day and tragedy.”

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Mr Ruddell at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.

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