Toddler still critical after driveway accident

A Hawke's Bay toddler remains in a critical condition in Auckland's Starship Hospital after she was run over in the driveway of her home yesterday.

Georgia Heremia, 17 months, was run over in the suburb of Flaxmere about 10.30am.

"A courier driver had been to the address to deliver a package and while he was there the toddler managed to walk down the driveway from the rear of the property without being seen and has stopped in front of the van," Hastings police Sergeant Clint Adamson said yesterday. Georgia was hit as the van was driven away.

She was taken to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital by her family and later transferred to Starship Hospital in Auckland when her condition deteriorated.

A spokesman for Auckland District Health Board said Georgia was in a critical but stable condition in Starship Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit.

It was the second driveway accident in eight days.

A 21-month-old boy died on August 22 under the wheels of his mother's car in the driveway of their Gisborne home.

The mother is understood to have reversed her car over her son's trike in the driveway.

As she pushed the car forward, it rolled over her son, who was in front of the vehicle.




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