Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom, Tom Snowdon 7 April 2015
A four-year-old Kingston boy, identified only as Tiari, was the youngest to die on the state’s roads when he was hit by a car outside his home on Easter Sunday.
Local funeral director Jules Hetet said Tiari’s family were still desperate to visit him in the John Tonge mortuary, which was closed over the Easter period.
“In the Maori community when someone passes, a person is always with the body so this time has been really difficult for them,” Ms Hetet said.
“They’re at a complete loss, they can’t do anything and he’s up there alone. It is traumatic for them coping with his passing as well as not being with him.”
By yesterday, 55,579 drink-driving tests had been completed across the state, returning 303 positive results. In the same period last year, 85,828 were completed. Drug-driving offences have also risen sharply, with one in nine drivers testing positive for a substance, up from one in 22 last Easter.