21 Nov 2014

Child dies after being hit on driveway

8:18 pm on 21 November 2014

A three-year-old died after she was hit by a large car on a driveway in west Auckland this morning.

The incident happened about 7.30am at a house in Te Atatu Peninsula.

A St John's ambulance spokesperson said the three-year-old girl was hit by a four wheel drive vehicle, taken to Starship children's hospital in a critical condition, and died soon after.

Police said other family members attempted first aid on her before she was taken to hospital.

They said an investigation into the girl's death was underway.

They said it was an incredibly sad incident for everyone involved, and the girl's family was being supported them and victim support.

Plunket's national child safety advisor, Sue Campbell, said constant education about the dangers of children on driveways was needed.

She said the blind spot behind vehicles of all sizes can be several metres which means the driver will not see a small child.

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