Police warn against dangers of window washing following fatal accident

Police warn against dangers of window washing following fatal accident

Auckland City

Please attribute to Inspector Steve Clark, Auckland City East Area Commander

Police are warning against the dangers of window washing and the risks associated with this illegal activity, following a fatal road accident involving a window washer in Greenlane.

A 16-year-old male window washer was struck by a vehicle on Great South Road on 27th November and received critical injuries.

The teenager was jogging across the road and looking in the opposite direction before he was hit by a vehicle.

Sadly, he died of his injuries at Auckland Hospital yesterday.

Police’s sympathies are with his family.

Auckland City East Area Commander Steve Clark says this tragic incident serves as a reminder of the warning of the dangers associated with partaking in this unlawful activity.

“This is a very dangerous activity, which can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences, as pedestrians risk their safety by crossing in front and around of moving vehicles.

“Since September, window washing is a traffic offence and those found to be unlawfully washing or offering to wash a vehicle on the road, which was not legally parked, could be liable to a $150 fine,” says Inspector Clark.

If you notice anyone partaking in this activity, we encourage you to report it to police. 

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Nick Baker/NZ Police