In­quest hears of tragic act that crushed boy, 13

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ATEENAGER was crushed to death af­ter fall­ing un­der the car he had re­leased the hand­brake of, an in­quest heard.

Kaden Gow­ers, 13, and his friend were alone lis­ten­ing to mu­sic in a car while they waited for his friend’s mum to fin­ish work on St Austell Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, the hear­ing was told.

But Kaden, who was sit­ting in the driver’s seat, let the hand­brake off.

The Vaux­hall Zafira, which be­longed to his friend’s mum, started to roll back­wards down the hill and they jumped out of the car and ran to the back to push it from be­hind.

But Kaden slipped and fell into the road and the car rolled over him, the in­quest at Mac­cles­field Town Hall heard. He be­came trapped be­tween the car and the kerb. It had rolled to be­low the junc­tion with Fowey Close and was half on the kerb. His 15-year-old friend made a dis­tressed and pan­icked 999 call and paramedics at­tended but were un­able to re­vive Kaden. He died at the scene from his in­juries.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened shortly be­fore 9pm.

Cheshire coroner Jean Harkin con­cluded Kaden’s cause of death was acute as­phyxia due to crush in­juries.

She said he died through misadventure.

She said: “This is a very sad and tragic death of a young man.

“His friend con­firmed that Kaden let the hand­brake off. He ex­ited the car, the car started to move back­wards and he fell over try­ing to stop the ve­hi­cle from be­hind.

“He be­came trapped and suf­fered crush in­juries and was un­con­scious when paramedics ar­rived. Kaden re­leased the hand­brake which was a pur­pose­ful act which went on to cause his death, an act that went ter­ri­bly wrong.”

She thanked Kaden’s mum Kerry Jen­nings for her brav­ery and said she hoped she had some an­swers at the in­quest.

The in­quest heard the car and its brakes were in a ser­vice­able con­di­tion.

Kaden’s friend said in one ac­count that she pushed Kaden away from the car to try to save him.

In a state­ment Ms Jen­nings said Kaden, who was born in Sal­ford and was a pupil at All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege, was a ‘thought­ful’ young man.

She said: “He stepped into the man­tle of be­ing the man of the house af­ter his father’s death.”

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Kaden Gow­ers (right) died at the junc­tion of Fowey Close and St Austell Av­enue (above) when his friend’s mum’s car rolled back­wards

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