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Three serious crashes in three hours in Hamilton today left one person dead, one child seriously injured and four people requiring medical attention.
At lunchtime a 77-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal injuries when she was hit by a BMW as she crossed Thomas Rd in Rototuna.
Emergency services were still at the scene when news came through of four people being treated by ambulance staff after two vehicles collided in Frankton.
A short time later, about 3.20pm, a boy, believed to be aged six, was hit by a vehicle in the suburb of Nawton and taken to Waikato Hospital with serious leg injuries.
The officer in charge of the North Hamilton Community Policing Centre, Sergeant Juliet Burgess, urged the public to stay aware around roads and vehicles.
"One moment's lack of attention can lead to tragic consequences such as we've seen this afternoon.''