A man found his fatally injured partner in an upturned
vehicle in a creek, along with her two injured children,
after they failed to come home yesterday afternoon, police
The woman and her children, aged 18 months and 6, had been
reported overdue by her partner about 7.10pm after they had
failed to arrive home from Hamilton where they had last been
seen about 3pm.
Waikato Road Policing Manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said the
father and friends went searching for his family when their
failed to return and heard the 6-year-old.
They found the SUV overturned down a bank in a waist-deep
creek on Waingaro Rd.
The children were rescued from the vehicle and one of the
searchers went to a nearby hotel to raise the alarm.
Mr Lynam said the injured woman died at the scene and the
children were flown to Waikato Hospital with moderate to
Fire Service Assistant Waikato Commander Rob Karaitiana said
the car had left the road and crashed down a steep bank into
some blackberry bushes.
He said they weren't far from home.
"It's a terrible tragedy."
Mr Lynam said the cause of the crash was not yet known.
"While the crash investigation is still in its formative
stages, police would like to extend their sympathies to the
family for their tragic loss," he said.