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Another unsupervised child dies.

David Taliai

Update: The boy’s name is David Taliai.

A three-year-old boy has died after being run over in a shopping centre car park while his mother was inside shopping.

Toddler killed by van at shops.

A mother cradled her dying toddler after he was hit and dragged by a van in Auckland yesterday.

The 3-year-old boy in Manurewa died from serious head and chest injuries as his devastated mother cried, “Please don’t take him” and “Cuddle me, my son”. He had been playing outside shops on Dalgety Drive, while his mother was inside, when the eight-seater van hit him about 1.45pm.

He was dragged under the van for about 5m before the driver stopped, alerted by shouts from workers at the Kev’s Clothing Emporium store. One of them, James Maea, 22, said the accident happened “out of nowhere”.

“I heard a colleague call, ‘Stop’, but the van didn’t stop at all and hit the kid. I think the driver didn’t really know what he had hit. He kept driving until my boss told him to stop.”

His colleague, Charlie Selui, went to the side of the van where the boy was lying, picked him up and put him on a couch that was on the side of the driveway. Mr Maea said by that stage the boy was bleeding badly. “He had been here with his mum. She’s a regular customer and she was inside looking at clothes and her child was running around [outside].”

The driver was distraught. “You could tell by the look on his face that he was sorry.” The boy’s mother knelt in front of her son while another woman performed CPR. The driver wiped blood from the face of the child, telling the mother, “Sorry, sorry”.

Constable Amy Weston, of the Counties- Manukau serious crash unit, said it was too early to say if the driver would be charged but urged witnesses to come forward.

  1. Toni Woodward
    February 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I think there is a difference between ignorance and abuse. I feel for this mother. Stupid mistake, tragic outcome. I think this type of tragedy (incl kids that get hit in driveways) should not be compared to the stereo-typical definition abuse.

    • February 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Point taken Toni but in my opinion it is a crime that someone like this can have children, someone who is so ignorant and lacking in common sense that they think it’s OK to leave a 3-year-old child in a car park unsupervised while they are elsewhere shopping.

  2. Roseanne
    February 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Wat a fuckn dumb stupied mother u dont leave a three yr old kid to run around a unatended n a car park . I feel sorry 4 ta van driver 4 dat dumb stupied egg brain of a mum wat da fuk is her brain n hr paints or pussy she should lose ta rest of her kids to sips k

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