Girl run over in school carpark

A three-year-old girl is nursing minor injuries after she was run over by a car in a school carpark in Tauranga this afternoon.

She was hit by a 4WD at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kura Kokiri in Welcome Bay just after 3pm.

Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said the girl had been playing in the carpark and was concealed by a bush before running into the path of the moving vehicle.

"The car was, I believe, moving relatively slowly entering the carpark. Basically she's run out and been struck by the vehicle," Mr Campion said.

The girl was hit by the front of the vehicle and went underneath it. She was taken to Tauranga Hospital for observation.

A St John spokesperson said the girl was extremely lucky to remain relatively uninjured.

The driver of the car was unaware he had run over the girl until afterwards, and was "extremely shaken" by the incident, the spokesperson said.

- By Genevieve Helliwell of the Bay of Plenty Times

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