A baby boy was killed after he was run over in a paddock in
front of where his family home was being built in
Caleb Steel died at Waikato Hospital on Saturday night after
he was hit by a vehicle earlier that evening, suffering
It is understood the 10-month-old lived with his parents,
Philip and Pip Steel, and grandparents, Carolyn and Murray
Steel, in a rented house which backed on to the section at
the end of a private lane off Old Taupiri Rd, where their new
home was in the early stages of being built.
Family spokesman Graeme Steel, Caleb's great-uncle, told the
Herald last night the family were still coming to terms with
"The family are wanting their privacy. They are very
distressed, as we are, as relations. It has been an extreme
shock. All we are interested in doing as the family is
supporting them through the trauma they are facing at the
Mr Steel said the accident happened some distance and in a
separate paddock from where the family home is being built.
"It was a tragic accident. Caleb was full of life, a great
smiler, a real charmer, loved by everyone."
A St John spokesman confirmed two ambulance crew were called
to the scene early on Saturday evening and rushed a
"seriously injured infant" to Waikato Hospital.
The baby's grandmother, Carolyn, works as an executive
assistant at Waikato Regional Council and staff were told in
an email yesterday of the news.
The young boy's death has been referred to the coroner and
Waikato police crash investigators were yesterday working to
determine the circumstances around the accident.
Police declined to release any further details of the
The funeral is to be held tomorrow at Life Church in Kent St,
- Nikki Preston, NZ Herald