Anna Leask

Anna Leask is senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Three die on night roads

An evening of darts turned to tragedy after a pensioner was struck by a car. Photo / File
An evening of darts turned to tragedy after a pensioner was struck by a car. Photo / File

A night out playing darts with friends turned to tragedy when a pensioner was hit and killed by a car seconds after she walked out of a west Auckland bar.

Police were called to the scene after the woman, understood to be 73, was hit by a car just after 8pm on Saturday night near the intersection of Great North Rd and West Coast Rd in Glen Eden. An officer from the Waitemata serious crash unit said it was too early to speculate on what had happened.

The Herald has learned that the woman spent time at a bar with friends before she died. It is understood the group had a few drinks and were playing darts.

She was hit as she stepped out to cross the road.

The woman was one of three people killed on New Zealand roads over the weekend, including a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle who was discovered by his family after being hit by a milk tanker.

The teenager died at the scene of the crash in Moerewa in Northland just before 1am yesterday.

Inspector Willie Taylor said it wasn't known why the boy was riding in the early hours of the morning.

A motorcyclist killed in the Bay of Plenty on Saturday night crashed after being told not to drive after drinking alcohol, police said.

Whakatane Police's serious crash unit were investigating the accident on State Highway 2, near Kutarere in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, in which the 25-year-old rider was killed.

The rider, who was not wearing a helmet, failed to negotiate a sweeping right-hand bend before colliding with a barrier and suffering fatal injuries.

Meanwhile, an Australian woman remains in a critical condition in Auckland Hospital after a quad-bike accident only days after her arrival in New Zealand.

Chelsea Callaghan, 38, of Melbourne, crashed during a farm tour at Te Kohanga, between Tuakau and Port Waikato, on Thursday afternoon.

Ms Callaghan, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a serious head injury and was in an induced coma.

- APNZ

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