Elderly pedestrian fatally hit while crossing road

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

The elderly woman struck by a car at Waimauku this morning has died in hospital.

The 80-year-woman was hit as she was crossing State Highway 16 at the intersection with Muriwai Rd, across from Waimauku School.

Police say the car involved was a Holden Commodore and was travelling towards Helensville.

Her name will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

Inspector Ian Brooker said police received the call at 9.15am.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition, but died later.

Waimaku local Bronwyn Owens said the road was closed when she passed through at 10am and there were six police cars at the intersection.

By 11.30am she said the main road had reopened and traffic management vehicles were packing up and leaving.

Ms Owens said it was a dangerous spot.

"It is a bad intersection for accidents as it is where many people and children cross the road to get to Waimauku Primary School."

She said locals had been "pleading" for a proper crossing for years.

- nzherald.co.nz

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