Six children remain in hospital after Ngaruawahia crash

By Talisa Kupenga
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty
Witnesses who may have seen the white Toyota Wish motor vehicle, similar to the one pictured, between 5pm and 6.15pm within Ngaruawahia township Friday evening should contact Police.

The six children who survived a horror car crash at Ngaruawahia at the weekend remain in varied conditions at Waikato Hospital this morning.

Seven children between the ages of nine and 15-years-old were occupants of a vehicle that collided with a tree on Durham Street on Friday evening.

Police confirmed yesterday that an 11-year-old boy had died. Today, his family were still waiting for news of when they could bring their son home.

A hospital spokesperson says a nine-year-old boy remains in ICU, a 15-year-old girl is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU), and four children; a male and female both aged 12 and two males aged 11 and 14-years-old remain stable on-ward.  

While Police say it is too early to confirm who was driving many of the children are related, either as siblings or cousins.

“This is an absolute tragedy for a number of families and the community as a whole,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler says.  

“All of the youths are local to the area and our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those involved.”

Inquiries are continuing with the registered owner of the vehicle involved, who is known to the occupants of the vehicle.

Police are still investigating details of the crash and are seeking witnesses who may have seen the white Toyota Wish motor vehicle, similar to the one pictured, between 5pm and 6.15pm within Ngaruawahia township Friday evening.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact Detective Sergeant Andre Kavanagh of Hamilton CIB on 07 858 6200 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.