Tributes flow for Tongan mobility scooter victim after being fatally hit by car in Hamilton, NZ

A person on a mobility scooter has died after a collision with a vehicle in Hamilton yesterday afternoon.

(file image) Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

He has been identified by Tongan family members and relatives on Facebook as Fakataha Tau’aika.

Police said they were called to the scene on Peachgrove Rd around 2.20pm, Tuesday.

The deceased was taken to Waikato Hospital, where he later died.

The vehicle left the scene but has since been found, and the driver is assisting police with their enquiries.

Part of the road was closed while the serious crash unit carried out a scene scene examination and has since reopened.

Loved ones of Tau’aika are paying tribute to him on social media.

“This is so unexpected”, a commenter wrote.

“This world makes me sick”, another wrote.

“It will take the whole day to describe how I am being devastated by your death”, one commenter wrote.

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