Girls hit by alleged drink driver

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One of two young girls hit by an alleged drink driver in the Bay of Plenty yesterday has been transferred to Auckland for treatment.

The 4-year-old Ohope girl and a 7-year-old from Rotorua were on the footpath when they were struck by a vehicle reversing from an alleyway on Pohutukawa Ave, Ohope, about 2.20pm.

A 43-year-old local man has been charged with two counts of drink driving causing injury and is to appear in Whakatane District Court on Tuesday.

The 4-year-old was taken to Whakatane Hospital in a serious condition and transferred to Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland late last night.

A hospital spokeswoman said she was in a stable condition this morning.

The 7-year-old was treated and discharged from Whakatane Hospital.

Police said the girls were known to each other but were not siblings.

The investigation was continuing.

- Newstalk ZB

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