The young boy was hit on Sunday on the private driveway leading to his family's farm.
The young boy was hit on Sunday on the private driveway leading to his family's farm.

Handbrake horror: Young boy killed in driveway

The twin boy who died in a farm driveway near Tokoroa in New Zealand was killed trying to escape a rolling car after he let the handbrake off.

The three-year-old boy was hit at 9.30am on Sunday  on the private driveway leading to his family's Jack Henry Rd, Kinleith, farm and died soon afterwards, despite the efforts of family, neighbours and emergency service staff to save him.

The boy released the car's handbrake causing it to roll down the driveway in reverse, Sergeant Terry Garnett, of Tokoroa police, told the Herald.

It appeared the boy was struck while attempting to get out of the driver's seat.

The boy's mother was on the property at the time and the boy's father was at a neighbouring property.

The UK-based family of the young boy are still being informed of his death.

The farm is owned by the Mathis family. Colin Mathis confirmed the victim was his son.

He told the Herald yesterday he did not wish to comment "out of respect to [the boy's] mother", Leanne.

It is understood the couple have three young sons -- twins and another younger boy -- and have lived at the property for about two years.

Senior Sergeant Mike Membery, of Bay of Plenty police, said the boy's name would not be released at this stage as there was family in the United Kingdom yet to be notified of the death.

Investigations into the "tragic accident" would continue today, he said.

Friends and family have paid tribute to the young boy.

Several have posted messages of support on Mr Mathis' Facebook page.

Ash Paito wrote: "Our condolences to you & the family my bro ... I'm deeply sorry for your loss, much love from me & my family. Always here for you, let me know if you guys need anything! Rest easy young gun (sic)"

Jordan Merrin wrote: "So sorry to hear about your loss my bro. Love goes out to you and the fams. Man lost for words, at least you know he's up there with God and his granddad watching over you guys. Thoughts and prayers go out to you guys, from me and mine bro (sic)"

Sam Hoogendyk wrote: "I am so sorry for ur loss my heart is just breaking for u guys xo beautiful boy taken to soon (sic)"

Jake Karl wrote: "my heart goes out to you and your family mate. I'm here if you guys need a hand bro. kia Kaha.. (sic)"

Kerry Anderson wrote: "Just saw a post on your page. I'm so so sorry for yours and your partners loss of your boy. Sending all my love your way".

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