Toddler killed in crash named

The toddler who was killed in a crash in the Bay of Plenty on the weekend has been formally identified by police.

The infant was 18-month-old Kiriwhakairo Riverton Parata-Elia from Belmont, Auckland.

Inquiries into the cause of the crash were continuing, Sergeant Ray Wylie from Eastern Bay of Plenty Road Policing Group said.

The 4WD vehicle the child and three others were travelling in left the road and flipped on State Highway 2 at Waiotahi, west of Opotiki, about 6am on Sunday.

The vehicle was found upside down in a drain. Kiriwhakairo was in the back of the vehicle, police said.

All four people in the vehicle were "suitably restrained", a spokeswoman said earlier.

"Alcohol has also been ruled out as a factor," she said.

There were no injuries to the other three people in the vehicle.

- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ

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