Driver of recycling truck ‘deeply traumatised’ after hitting girl

The driver of a recycling truck which collided with a 7-year-old who died is "deeply traumatised". Photo/FileThe driver of a recycling truck which collided with a 7-year-old who died is “deeply traumatised”. Photo/File

The driver of a recycling truck which collided with a 7-year-old who died is “deeply traumatised”, police say.

The girl died near her home in Russell Street in the Gisborne suburb of Whataupoko yesterday afternoon. It is the second pedestrian tragedy in Gisborne in five days.

The girl came into collision with the truck collecting recycling materials in the street and died at the scene. Her name has not yet been released by police.

Police, St John Ambulance and the fire service responded to the accident at 3.10pm yesterday.

Police cordoned off the section of Russell Street from Fox Street to Richardson Avenue and began a serious crash investigation.

“The circumstances of the accident are still under investigation at this stage,” said Sergeant Trent Higgs.

“It is not clear at this stage exactly what happened.”

Sgt Higgs said the truck involved was a recycling collection vehicle that was working in the area.

“The driver was deeply traumatised by what happened and was treated at the scene by a crew from St John Ambulance.

“This is an absolute tragedy and police extend our condolences to the family of the little girl at this sad time.”

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The police cordon in the area remained in place until about 7pm.

Several shocked onlookers spoken to by the Gisborne Herald yesterday afternoon expressed their deep sadness.

“My god. That poor family,” said one woman. “This is so sad.”

Several people who lived in the area expressed concern for the whereabouts of their own children and were on cellphones checking they were safe. The girl was a student at Central School in Central Street.

“Staff met with the Ministry of Education trauma team at the school yesterday afternoon to work out how to manage the tragedy for the school community,” Central School principal Andy Hayward said this morning.

“Our thoughts are with the family as they process this.

“It is a very difficult time for our whole community and it is still very fresh,” Mr Hayward said.

“We have put measures in place to support everyone at school through this tragedy.”

The police victim support team have been working with the girl’s family.

Sgt Higgs said that would continue as long as the support team were needed.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Jaymee Watson was farewelled this morning at a funeral service at the Showground Park Event Centre.

She died of injuries sustained in an accident at the Tucker Road-Nelson Road corner on Friday night.

The Gisborne Herald

References

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