A Kiwi Indian senior citizen has died after being struck by a vehicle in Papatoetoe on Monday afternoon, June 8.

The 88-year-old man was known by the Indian community living in South Auckland for the last 25 yearsThe Indian Weekender has learned of the identity of the deceased but has chosen not to reveal at the moment as the police are yet to release it officially. 

The pedestrian was walking on Great South Road when the when struck by the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with critical injuries last evening.

He succumbed to his injuries and passed away last night; police confirmed.

The incident happened at around 3:40 p.m. on the wide stretch of the Great South Road of Papatoetoe, that has the Hunters Plaza on one side, and a Buddhist temple, some retail stores and ANZ bank branch on other.

“The male pedestrian was taken to hospital with critical injuries yesterday evening and sadly succumbed to his injuries,” Detective Senior Sergeant Kepal Richards, Counties Manukau CIB said.

The Serious Crash Unit completed a scene examination yesterday evening, and an investigation has now commenced into the circumstances of the crash.

The driver thought to be involved in the crash was identified by police last night and is assisting police with the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Richards.

The death has been referred to the Coroner. More to come.