A pensioner is in a serious condition after a van crashed into his mobility scooter on a pedestrian crossing in Hastings this morning.

Police said a south-bound vehicle had stopped for the man on the crossing on Karamu Rd - yet a north-bound van had not seen the elderly male and struck the scooter.

The accident happened in peak morning traffic about 7.45am.

Sergeant Paul Ormerod said the impact knocked the man off the scooter and resulted in moderate injuries.


He was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital and was this afternoon in a serious condition, a Hawke's Bay District Health Board spokesperson said.

A police spokesperson said no charges had been laid in relation to the incident.