A young boy is dead after being hit by a car on a residential
driveway in Kaipara Flats, Auckland.
The incident happened just before 6pm on Woodcocks Rd. A
police statement said the dead boy was 1, but it is
understood he may have been even younger.
It wasn't clear what the child was doing on the driveway. St
John spokesman Norm Ngatai confirmed they were called to a
report of a child being run over by a car.
He suffered serious head injuries and died before the
ambulance arrived. At least four police cars were parked
outside the house last night near the spot where the boy was
A small red sign on the gate read: "Slow please, children and
According to child safety group Safekids 40 children were
admitted to Starship hospital from the greater Auckland area
after being run over in a driveway from 2006 to 2010.
An average of four children a year were killed on driveways
between 2000 and 2010, rising to five in 2011 and 2012.
The bulk of the deaths occurred in Auckland, with 41 per cent
Safekids has three key messages: always check where children
are, supervise them playing and, if possible, separate the
playing area from the driveway.
The group has compiled a description of a typical child
killed or injured in a driveway accident based on New
Zealand's appalling record in this area, with one of the
highest rates of child driveway deaths in the OECD.
They say the child is usually close to 2 years old, a Maori
or Pacific Islander, and from a household with a number of
In almost half of the cases one of the child's parents was
the driver of the car that struck them.
- Vaimoana Tapaleao of the New Zealand Herald