A 16-year-old boy who was hit by a car in Lambton on Saturday has died in hospital. POLICE have pleaded with pedestrians and motorists to take care after a tragic three days on Hunter roads.

On Monday night, policeconfirmed that a 16-year-old boy who was struck by a car while crossing theroad in Lambton had died in John Hunter Hospital.

The teenager suffered critical head injuries when he was hit at the intersection of Griffith Road and Acacia Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He becamethe third death on Hunter roads in as many days.

A 25-year-old Merewether man was also killed on Sunday night after his car hit a tree on the Bucketts Waynear Stroud.

Those two tragediescameas the community was still in shock following the death of three-year-old Fletcher Hergenhan, who was hit by a truck at Arcadia Vale on Friday.

No charges have been laid over any of theincidents.

Police saidsafety on the roadrequired all users to “be on the same page”.

The Northern Region Traffic Tactician, Acting Inspector Steve Rudd, said police were concerned that the road safety message was not being heard.

“We need to keep reminding people that the road is there for everybody to share,” he said.

“And when you use the road you need to be fully aware of your responsibilities.

“You need to drive to the conditions, you need to be aware of your speed and you need to be free of distractions.

“The message is the same as it’s always been.”

Acting Inspector Rudd said road safety went both ways –and that pedestrians needed to respect vehicles just as much as motorists should show respect to those outside the car.

“At the end of the day, if a pedestrian comes into contact with a car, the pedestrian is going to come off second-best,” he said.

TheNewcastle Heraldreported on Monday that the death of three-year-old Fletcher Hergenhan hadsent shockwaves through the Lake Macquariecommunity, which has mourned the loss of four pedestrian lives this year alone.

Police are pushing a “be seen to be seen” safety message for pedestrians, which includes the use of high-visibility clothing at night and crossing in designated areas.

According to the latest data, there have been 170 fatalities on NSW roads to May this year.

It compares with 136 last year.


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