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'Stretched out his hands': Witness describes moment man hit by vehicle in Auckland CBD

Author
Benjamin Plummer,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Feb 2024, 9:52PM
Emergency services cordoned off the Hobson St on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway last night after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in a serious incident. Photo / Hayden Woodward
Emergency services cordoned off the Hobson St on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway last night after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in a serious incident. Photo / Hayden Woodward

'Stretched out his hands': Witness describes moment man hit by vehicle in Auckland CBD

Author
Benjamin Plummer,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Feb 2024, 9:52PM

A person that witnessed a pedestrian being hit by a car in Auckland’s CBD last night said the victim “jumped at the last moment” before landing on the vehicle’s windshield.

Emergency services responded to the incident at the Hobson St on-ramp about 9.35pm on Sunday, which left the pedestrian unconscious in a pool of blood.

Police cordoned off the on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway as they attended the scene.

The witness told the Herald the man had been walking in front of him for a few blocks and was on the opposite side of the road when he was hit.

Emergency services cordoned off the Hobson St on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway last night after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in a serious incident. Photo / Hayden Woodward
Emergency services cordoned off the Hobson St on-ramp to the Northwestern Motorway last night after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in a serious incident. Photo / Hayden Woodward

“He was around two thirds of the way across the road when I saw him stretch out his hands towards an oncoming car,” the witness said.

The victim jumped at the last moment and his legs made contact with the front of the vehicle before landing on the windshield.

“He rolled off the windshield to his left and landed on the concrete. Another car zipped past, narrowly missing him,” the witness said.

The man was lying on the side of the on-ramp, in a pool of blood around his head.

“The response was shockingly adept, reasoned, and level headed. The only yelling was the initial ‘call an ambulance’ and after that it was quiet organising to make sure he was correctly looked after,” he said.

The Serious Crash Unit and a police photographer attended the scene last night. Photo / Hayden Woodward
The Serious Crash Unit and a police photographer attended the scene last night. Photo / Hayden Woodward

An off-duty medical worker kept the victim in the recovery position until an ambulance was flagged down.

An NZME photographer at the scene said Hato Hone St John had transported one person to hospital in a serious condition.

An Auckland Hospital spokesperson said the patient was in a stable condition this morning.

The Serious Crash Unit and a police photographer were also in attendance, and police confirmed they were speaking with the driver.

Police said there was no update to the incident tonight.

Another witness told the Herald last night a person was lying on the ground in a pool of blood who had clearly been hit by a vehicle and was unconscious.

“The person was lying in the middle of the on-ramp while paramedics attended the scene, with the passengers of the other vehicles standing nearby crying and screaming,” they said.

Benjamin Plummer is an Auckland-based reporter who covers breaking news. He has worked for the Herald since 2022.

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