Mother badly injured in accident


    FURTHER misfortune has struck a Southland woman whose son was murdered two years ago.

    The Southland Express has learnt the sole casualty of a vehicle accident in Otautau on Sunday was Amy King, the mother of 9-year-old murder victim Hunter McIntosh who was killed in 2019.

    Dunedin Hospital confirmed on Tuesday afternoon Mrs King was in intensive care following the incident, which occurred just after 10am on Sunday.

    Police were not called to the incident although St John and a nearby doctor attended.

    Ms King was the only person injured in the accident.

    A St John spokeswoman said two ambulances attended after receiving an alert at 10.03am on Sunday, and the emergency rescue helicopter was summoned from Dunedin.

    A single patient was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition, although the extent of her injuries was not disclosed.

    Otautau residents said they were shocked by the latest misfortune to befall Mrs King and her family.

    Otautau Community Board chairman Andre Bekhuis said he had only learnt of the accident on Tuesday.

    “It’s a huge shock to everyone locally. We can only wish her all the best as a community for a speedy recovery.”

    Although Mr Bekhuis did not know Otautau school teacher Mrs King personally, he said she was held in “high esteem” locally.

    “She’s a very lovely person, and this is a terrible thing to happen.”

    Otautau was a tight-knit community, and he was confident people would “pull round” and do what they could to support the family, Mr Bekhuis said.

    Family members were believed to be supporting Mrs King in Dunedin.