Teen skater hurt in horror day on roads

By Sam Boyer of the Bay of Plenty Times -
Last night the boy remained in a stable condition in intensive care. Photo / Thinkstock
Last night the boy remained in a stable condition in intensive care. Photo / Thinkstock

A 14-year-old skateboarder is in intensive care in hospital after being hit by a car in the Bay of Plenty.

The Tauranga teen was attempting to cross the road on Saturday afternoon when he was struck by the vehicle in a 70km/h section of Maunganui Road.

It is unclear whether he was riding or carrying his skateboard at the time.

He suffered a head injury and was taken to Tauranga Hospital by St John ambulance staff in a serious but stable condition.

Mount Maunganui Fire Brigade senior station officer Roger Pickett said the extent of the boy's injuries were unclear at the scene.

"He wasn't conscious ... he'd obviously taken a bit of a bang to the head. He [wasn't] that flash," he said.

Last night the boy remained in a stable condition in intensive care.

At 5.30pm on Saturday, a van and a motorcyclist collided not far from the same spot on Maunganui Rd.

A 61-year-old Mount Maunganui motorcyclist suffered serious arm, shoulder and torso injuries, as well as a possible fractured pelvis.

The man remains in a stable condition in Tauranga Hospital's intensive care unit.

At 7pm, a vehicle travelling north on State Highway 2 at Aongatete left the road and rolled through an area of scrub before coming to rest upside down in a drain.

Police said the driver lost control on a moderate right-hand bend, struck a road sign and narrowly missed a concrete power pole.

Early indications suggested the driver had been speeding.

Katikati volunteer fire chief Joe Manukau said the driver appeared to have lost traction on the road and ended up on an "awkward angle" off the road.

A 48-year-old Katikati man was taken to Tauranga Hospital with moderate injuries before being treated and discharged.

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