A visually-impaired pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car as he walked along a rural Waikato street today.
Police said the Morrinsville man, 31, was walking along the footpath towards Hamilton when he was struck by a car that had left the road and mounted the footpath.
The car, a white Mazda Familia, was travelling out of Morrinsville and as well as hitting the pedestrian, also struck the speed indication sign.
The injured patient has been airlifted by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Waikato Hospital in the care of a Hamilton-based St John Intensive Care Paramedic and a Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Intensive Care Flight Nurse and is believed to be in a serious or critical condition.
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The 19 year old driver of the car is helping police with their investigation.
There are traffic diversions in place at the intersection of SH26 and Kuranui Rd, the intersection of SH26 and Piako Road, and in Morrinsville at the Top Pub intersection of SH26 and Avenue Road.
The crash happened near where the speed limit changes from 50kph to 70kph on State Highway 26 towards Hamilton.
Police appeal to any witnesses who have not been spoken to, to call police at Morrinsville or the Waikato District Command Centre on 07 8597807.