A 9-year-old girl is in hospital with face and leg injuires
after being hit by an SUV while crossing the road to
the school bus in Speargrass Flat.
Police described the incident yesterday morning as a "very
The girl is in Dunedin Hospital in a moderate to serious
condition with face and leg injuries.
Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said some children were
waiting about 8.30am for the school bus at a bus shelter on
the corner of Hunter and Mooney Rds.
A car was parked near the bus stop and the children were
talking to some other children in a car.
The bus was running late and when the 9-year-old, who was
outside the car on the passenger side, saw it come over the
rise of the hill she ran to the other side of the road to
where it would stop.
However, as she ran out from beside the parked car, she was
hit by an SUV travelling in the opposite direction to the
Sgt Watt said witness accounts ''certainly suggest'' that the
driver of the vehicle which struck the girl had little chance
of avoiding her.
''He was visibly shaken, as you could imagine.''
The driver was driving at below the 80kmh speed limit, Sgt
The girl was taken to Lakes District Hospital with moderate
to severe facial and leg injuries, St John Central Otago
territory manager Kelvin Perriman said.
A helicopter from Dunedin with intensive care staff on board
was sent to collect the girl and she was flown to Dunedin
Hospital later in the morning.
Police inquiries were continuing, Sgt Watt said, but ''early
indications'' were that the driver was not at fault.