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Driver brutally beaten after hitting 1-year-old child who ran into his car while chasing after bike

By Mason White 1:07 PM February 22, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
Police are looking to arrest a group of people who beat a driver for running over a child, police in New Zealand said.

Hamilton Police said that the driver who hit the one-year-old child with his car, was rushed to a hospital after suffering cuts and bruises while being beaten.

Police Commander Greg Nicholls said that the incident unfolded around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. According to the police investigation, the one-year-old child was chasing after another child who was riding a bicycle.

At one point, the 1-year-old child ran in front of the moving car on Spenser Road. The 1-year-old child suffered a cut, but the driver was dragged and beaten by the crowd of people who gathered at the scene.

After some time , the driver managed to escape to a nearby house until police arrived. The driver was transported to the Waikato Hospital for treatment.

Nicholls said that the driver did the right thing by stopping, and it was completely unacceptable for people to take matters into their own hands.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police said both the child and the driver were released from the hospital.