An 87-year-old woman who died after being hit by a car in a
Hamilton shopping centre carpark has been identified as Vera
Ms Freeman, who is the Waikato's third pedestrian fatality
this month, suffered serious leg injuries as a result of the
10.20am incident at the Horsham Downs Shopping Centre in
Rototuna yesterday. She died soon after at Waikato Hospital.
Her death, which follows that of two other elderly
pedestrians struck by cars in the Waikato, has prompted
police to urge caution for all road users this weekend.
"In expressing our condolences to her family we note hers is
the third pedestrian fatality in the Waikato this year and it
occurred at a time when the Waikato is about to host two
events where tens of thousands of pedestrians will be milling
around a large volume of vehicles," said Inspector Freda
Grace, Waikato district road policing manager, said,
The Beach Hop in Whangamata and the Balloons Over Waikato
festival in Hamilton would bring a lot of traffic to the
region, with Saturday expected to be the busiest day for each
A 64-year-old pedestrian died on Whatawhata Rd on March 6 and
an 88-year-old man died in hospital 10 days after being
struck by a vehicle on State Highway 1 at Karapiro.