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