Family grieving over toddler driveway death
Family members stood grieving outside a south Auckland home after a two-year-old boy was killed by a vehicle in a driveway on Wednesday night.
The boy was hit about 7.25pm in the driveway in Orpheus Place, Papakura, on the southern outskirts of metropolitan Auckland, police said in a statement.
Police said they were speaking to a number of witnesses, "all of whom are understandably upset and are co-operating with the inquiry".
They are not seeking anybody else in connection with the incident.
About 25 family members were at the scene about 9.30pm, where a local kaumatua had been called to bless the toddler's body.
It was believed the incident happened outside the boy's grandparents and that his father was being interviewed by police, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Safekids director Ann Weaver says driveways can be dangerous for children, with an average five children killed each year.
“Every two weeks a child is hospitalised with serious injuries received from a vehicle driving on a private driveway in New Zealand.”
She says children aged between one and three years old are most at risk and suggests parents identify and tackle possible risks on their driveway.
Safekids tips for keeping children safe:
- Count the children before you start moving the car
- Don’t let children use driveways as play areas
- Supervise toddlers and young children playing outside
- Fence-in outdoor play areas for toddlers and young children
NZN / 3 News