13 Feb 2015

Two girls still in hospital

4:31 pm on 13 February 2015

One of the three children hit by a car while walking to school in South Auckland yesterday has been discharged from hospital.

Otahuhu Primary School

Otahuhu Primary School Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

A 10-year-old and two five-year-olds from Otahuhu Primary School dashed across Great South Road, just metres from a traffic light crossing, into the path of a car.

Middlemore Hospital said one of the five-year-old girls had been sent home, while the ten-year-old girl remained in a stable condition.

The other young girl was yesterday transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital, where she is in a stable condition.

The Serious Crash Unit was yesterday speaking to eyewitnesses and the school.

Inspector Matthew Child

Inspector Matthew Child Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Inspector Matthew Child said yesterday that the woman driving the car had just dropped off her own children at the same school and had been heading home.

He said initial indications suggest she was going through a green light at a speed below or at the speed limit and the girls ran out in front of her.

Mr Child said it was too early to say if charges would be laid.

Otahuhu Primary School principal Jason Swann said one of the five-year-olds had been at the school for just two days while the 10-year-old had been there a week.

He said it was convenient for students to cross at those particular lights to get to school but he was reluctant to comment on whether or not they should have had adult supervision.

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