The pedestrian died in a road accident on Monday afternoon, June 8 has been identified as 88-year-old resident of Papatoetoe, Sardar Gurmej Singh Lally.

The incident happened on Great South Road at around 3:40 p.m. Mr Lally was crossing the road in front of Hunters Plaza Mall when he was hit by a white Honda sedan.

Police and St John’s ambulance attended the victim and was taken to Middlemore Hospital. Mr Lally suffered critical injuries to his head and was put into a ventilator. He succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the hospital.

Speaking to the Indian Weekender, Mr Lally’s son Bachan Singh Lally said the family is devastated with the news of their father’s sudden death and will conduct the funeral on Saturday, June 13 at Anne’s Funeral Home in Wiri, Auckland.

Counties Manukau Police is appealing the community for any witnesses to the fatal crash to find more information.

Inspector Kay Lane, Counties Manukau Road Policing Manager, expressed his condolences to the family suffering from this tragic loss.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Lally’s family for their loss after this tragic incident,” Inspector Lane said.

He also appealed to anyone with any information to come forward and help police. As per police reports on Tuesday, the person believed to have hit the pedestrian was with the police and was assisting them with the investigation.

“If you were in the area or saw what occurred, please email the Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit on DLCMSCU@police.govt.nz or call Constable Chris Peet on (09) 261 1328,” Inspector Lane said.

Mr Bachan Lally said his father was a pious family man who moved to New Zealand with his mother in 1993. Mr Bachan Lally said that his father Gurmej Lally was living in Papatoetoe and had gone to pick prescription medicine for his wife from a chemist shop.

“Earlier in the day, he had gone to the doctor for a routine check-up for my mother. Later in the afternoon, he said he would go and pick up the medicines from the chemist shop in Papatoetoe.

“While returning from the chemist shop, he was crossing the road when hit by the car opposite to the Hunters Plaza mall. He was thrown several feet off the road towards the footpath hitting his head and shoulder to the ground

“I was at my restaurant in Orewa when I got this news in the evening and rushed to hospital where he was kept under observation in a ventilator,” Mr Bachan Lally told Indian Weekender.

Mr Gurmej Lally suffered grievous injuries to his head and later died at the Middlemore hospital. Mr Lally is survived by his two children and five grandchildren living in Auckland.

“In the last 27 years of his life in New Zealand, he had to the doctor only once- he was very fit, maintained a steady diet, walked and exercised a lot and we are devastated with this tragic event and loss,” Mr Lally said.

The funeral will be conducted on Saturday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at Anne Funeral Home in the presence of family and community members.