Sud­den death of 3-year-old shocks the whole com­mu­nity

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A YOUNG boy who died sud­denly in Car­marthen­shire has been named lo­cally as three-year-old Evan Wil­liams.

He died at the scene of an ac­ci­dent at a prop­erty near the Llany­by­d­der area on the af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 21.

It is un­der­stood that the boy was on a farm with his fa­ther when the in­ci­dent, in­volv­ing a ve­hi­cle, hap­pened at around 4.25pm.

Evan, who had re­cently started school at Ys­gol Bro Sion Cwilt in Synod Inn, lived in the Gors­goch area of Ceredi­gion with his par­ents and two older sib­lings.

Peo­ple who knew Evan and his fam­ily have paid trib­ute to him, and called the news “a com­mu­nity’s worst night­mare”.

Nia Lloyd Thomas, head teacher at Ys­gol Bro Sion Cwilt, said: “Evan was a happy, pop­u­lar and a cher­ished mem­ber of Ys­gol Bro Sion Cwilt which is tes­ta­ment to his friendly and car­ing na­ture.

“His loss is dev­as­tat­ing to the whole school com­mu­nity and we send our sin­cere con­do­lences to Evan’s par­ents, his older brother and sis­ter and the fam­ily dur­ing this tragic, sad and dif­fi­cult pe­riod.”

A spokesman for Ceredi­gion Coun­cil added: “Ceredi­gion Coun­cil ex­tends its sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily, friends and wider com­mu­nity and ask that the pri­vacy of the fam­ily is re­spected at this dif­fi­cult time.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers are work­ing closely with other agen­cies to of­fer ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port.”

Ceredi­gion coun­cil­lor Eu­ros Davies, who lives in Llany­by­d­der, said the news is a huge shock to the com­mu­nity.

“It’s a mas­sive shock to the area,” he said.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with the boy’s par­ents and the two other chil­dren. You just don’t ex­pect any­thing like this to hap­pen.

“It’s a real tragedy and the whole com­mu­nity here is 100% be­hind the fam­ily.

“Peo­ple from the coun­cil have been at the school and have been sup­port­ing the chil­dren and we are there to help any­one who needs help at this very dif­fi­cult time.”

Ceredi­gion coun­cil­lor Gareth Lloyd, who lives in the Tal­gar­reg area, a few miles east of the Wil­liams farm, said: “It’s the com­mu­nity’s worst night­mare.

“It’s an agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity and a very close-knit com­mu­nity. We can only ex­press our sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and be there to sup­port them at this tragic time.”

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil­lor Ieuan Davies, who cov­ers the Llany­by­d­der ward, says the com­mu­nity has been left dev­as­tated by the news.

“I heard about it on Mon­day and it’s come as a huge shock to ev­ery­one. It’s dev­as­tat­ing. All our thoughts are with the fam­ily at this tragic time.”

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive said they are as­sist­ing po­lice with their en­quiries.

A spokes­woman for Dyfed-Powys Po­lice said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sud­den death of a three­year-old child.

“At ap­prox­i­mately 4.25pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a child and a ve­hi­cle at a pri­vate prop­erty near Llany­by­d­der.

“Trag­i­cally, the child died at the scene. Our thoughts are with the fam­ily, who are be­ing sup­ported by spe­cially trained of­fi­cers.”

The Car­marthen­shire Coro­ner has been made aware of the death. An in­quest has not yet been opened.

Three-year-old Efan Lloyd Wil­liams, who died in an ac­ci­dent near Llany­by­d­der.

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