Child hurt in smash near CICC

Monday October 16, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The damaged car in which a young child was badly injured on Saturday. 17101519 The damaged car in which a young child was badly injured on Saturday. 17101519

Both occupants of a car were taken to hospital on Saturday morning following a crash near the Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church.


The passenger, a youngb child, was yesterday reported to be in hospital in a critical condition. The crash, which is being investigated, was reported to police shortly after 11am.

On Friday, seven drivers who had perviously been forbidden from driving were apprehended by police on Friday night.

Most were stopped on the main road in the town area with one at Avatiu and another at Tupapa.  All but one of the drivers were on motorcycles.

Police are also following up on the details of a motor vehicle crash that put a man in hospital in the early hours of Friday morning.  The man was X-rayed and admitted to hospital and a blood specimen sought for analysis.

Underage drivers are also getting into hot water with the police – and presumably, with their parents. 

Last week a number of youngsters were stopped by police.  Shortly after midnight on Thursday last week, two teenagers from Matavera were involved in a motor vehicle crash near Blackrock.  One 14-year-old and a 13-year-old were taken to the hospital and their parents notified.  Police had earlier pursued two motorbikes from Nikao to Arorangi.  One had three people on it and the other was ridden by the pair involved in the crash. 

A police spokesman said the first incident also appeared to be related to a report made to police about a motorbike being abandoned on the backroad in Arorangi. 

Three young teenagers were seen abandoning the motorbike and walking away.

At around midday on Thursday, police stopped an underage driver on a motorbike at Nikao. The 14- -year-old from Matavera was driving with a 15-year-old passenger, also from Matavera.

Police are seeking a blood specimen analysis and a medical report following a motorbike crash on the back road at Avaavaroa, involving two tourists. The pair, a young couple, arrived on the island on Tuesday but by the early hours of Wednesday morning were in hospital with minor face, hand and leg injuries. 

The spokesman said all drivers needed to be mindful that traffic “flash points” of high risk include the entries and exits of various hotel establishments around the island. 

Tourists driving out from their Arorangi hotel in a rental car were struck by a young man passing by on a motorbike.  The man was taken to hospital by his father and the visitors went on to the Muri Night Market.  Police are following up on the incident.

Meanwhile, police say the Avatiu roundabout, with its new “give way” signs, is proving its worth despite another minor car crash last week. Although no ambulance was required, the driver was taken to hospital for a blood sample analysis.

There was no shortage of police officers available to investigate when a visitor crashed her motorbike while being tested for her motorbike licence at national police headquarters in Avarua last Monday. The New Zealand woman sustained a minor injury and police took her to hospital.

Earlier on Monday a Takuvaine woman told police a young girl had run in front of her car on the Valley road.  She took the girl to hospital to be checked before notifying police.

The spokesman said there were still high numbers of motor vehicle accidents on Rarotonga, with 23 registered in September, a drop from 31 in August.

Burglaries on Rarotonga rose last month with reported incidents increasing from a low of two in July, followed by six in August, and 12 in September. 

The police spokesman said the pressure on Cook Islands Police Service investigations was ongoing as the cycle of burglaries continued. He said many incidents were tied to repeat offenders. 

On Friday night a man was caught on security camera in connection with six break-ins in the Ruatonga area. The offender was arrested and charged, processed and held in the police cells.

Last week, police officers attended a burglary at Vaimaanga where $800 was allegedly taken.  Several thefts involving a range of property also took place throughout the week. 

On Monday, a man was arrested and processed for the theft of a gas bottle. In other incidents, personal items were taken from a beach rental in Titikaveka, taro leaves stolen from a patch in Parekura, and cutlery went missing from a property in Akaoa.

Thefts in September numbered 11 – a drop from 21 incidents reported in August.

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