An English woman who was learning to drive accidentally ran over and killed her three-year-old toddler.
34-year-old Lyndsay Turner was parking her car when she hit her son, Liam, who was playing in the driveway with his sister.
Her husband, Steven, drove their son towards a hospital in Norwich after he pulled the toddler’s body from under the vehicle and managed to flag down an ambulance along the way.
The toddler was then air-lifted to Norfolk and Norwich hospital where he died shortly after arrival.
He had suffered intense head trauma and irreversible brain damage.
In a statement to police Mrs. Turner said: “My foot slipped and it jolted suddenly forward.”
She also told police that her husband had been teaching her how to drive and was parking the car when the tragic incident happened in June of last year.
Her husband had been guiding her through the parking maneuver from outside the car.
A neighbor who saw the Mrs. Turner parking her vehicle said the car moved in a “stuttering” manner.
She said she heard Mr. Turner shout “stop” which was followed by a loud crunching noise.
She added that: “Liam was bleeding really badly and I told Stephen to put him in the car and take him to hospital.”
Mrs. Turner revealed to the inquest that she had asked her husband to teacher her to drive, which was the first time she would ever be in control of a vehicle.
She had neither a provisional or drivers license and had taken to the road uninsured as well – an action which is illegal in the UK.
Crown Prosecution Services decided not to press charges against the two.
Coroner Nicholas Holroyd came to the conclusion that the death was accidental and told the couple: “This was an appalling tragedy and you both have my profound sympathy for this loss.”
“There are very few parents who when looking back haven’t said to themselves ‘that was a near thing’, tragically this ended as disastrously as it did.”
The couple chose not to comment after the hearing, but released a statement saying they were “”devastated by the loss of our darling little man”.
“Liam was a happy, content little boy who was always smiling and laughing,” they said.
“He had a wonderful sense of humour and brought joy to the lives of everyone who knew him. He was deeply loved.
“Life will not be the same without him.”
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: [Daily Mail]