11-year-old boy killed after a “fall” at his gated community home in Gulf Harbour, north of Auckland
“Despite extensive efforts by family and emergency services, sadly the boy was unable to be revived and died at the scene,” police said, but refusing to disclose details of how the boy fell. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/75187585/child-dies-on-building-site-north-of-auckland.html
Firefighters initially said they were called to a cardiac arrest.
“Unfortunately the advanced paramedics weren’t able to revive the patient. Our condolences go out to the family,” Silverdale senior firefighter Don McErlich said.
Police had delayed making comment on the death, initially saying they were still trying to locate the boy’s immediate next of kin.
Fergus issued a plea for people to not speculate on the details. He asked that “social media users bear in mind that speculating around the circumstances of such a tragic accident can be very hurtful to a victim’s family.”
He confirmed police had carried out a scene examination.
Earlier Nick Denz, a builder working on site nearby, said he was just leaving the Whangaparaoa community on Wednesday afternoon when he heard of the death from a fellow builder.
He said the builder had rushed to help the boy’s family and he had provided CPR.
“He said he tried CPR … but nah. It was eerie.”
Denz believed the boy’s head had been crushed possibly in a lift shaft and his comments had been widely reported. Police would not confirm if that was correct however.
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Who, what killed Rutger Hale? Why?
Coroner Richard McElrea was told an object, potentially similar to a cannonball, flew at high speed through Hale’s front windscreen and smashed the 22-year-old’s head before flying out the back windscreen as he drove to work, between Lake Hawea and Wanaka, on October 24, 2013.
Girlfriend Danielle Oylear, who was in the front passenger seat when the object hit, spoke of a white ute travelling toward them before the crash. The driver appeared to have taken a corner too wide and entered their lane for a short time, she said.
“I remember thinking there was something awful about it, like maybe it was a drunk driver. It just didn’t seem right.”
She then recalled something about the size of a tissue box or brick, and beige in colour, “rocketing” towards the car.
Initially believing someone had thrown something at them, she now believed it had come off the back of the white vehicle.
That someone did something intentionally that led to Hale’s death could not be ruled out, said Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis.
“Because we don’t know what the object was, we never found it, we still have to be open-minded as to what did cause the fatal injuries.”
“Until we know the full story about what killed him, it’s an open case,” Inglis said.
Hale, 22, died on October 24, 2013 as he was driving with girlfriend Danielle Oylear on State Highway 6.
That object, which was made of, or contained fragments of common-grade stainless steel, has never been found, and the experts cannot agree what it was.
However, the US Army materials and manufacturing science branch specialist technicians worked with the New Zealand Defence Technology Agency and concluded the object was unlikely to be made of solid steel or similar high density material.
It “had a reasonably sharp corner”, their expert said.
“Impact marking within the vehicle suggest that the penetrating object had a rough surface texture such that it scratched the interior and has at least one dimension in excess of 80mm.”
The agency found the object either struck the windscreen twice, first hitting the window and then smashing through it, or two separate items hit the windscreen. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9757257/Crash-death-object-still-a-mystery
Rutger Hale and his Alaskan partner, Danielle Oylear, had earlier returned to New Zealand after a road trip around the US. They were living in Hawea and working at Devon Dairy Farms.