Boy, 3, crushed by 4x4

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy was crushed to death by a 4x4 be­ing driven by his fa­ther at a Welsh farm.

Evan Wil­liams died after falling out of the back of the ve­hi­cle Dewi Wil­liams was driv­ing, as it re­versed.

The lit­tle boy’s mum, Sian Wil­liams, and older sis­ter were also in the Land Rover and wit­nessed the hor­rific ac­ci­dent.

An inquest into the death heard how tragedy struck on the af­ter­noon of Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, at Ce­u­nant Farm farm near Llany­by­d­der, Car­marthen­shire.

Evan, who had re­cently started at­tend­ing nurs­ery at Ys­gol Bro Sion Cwilt in Synod Inn, was sat in the back of the ve­hi­cle.

The fam­ily, who lived on an­other farm a few miles away in Gors­goch, Ceredi­gion, were trans­port­ing sheep.

As the ve­hi­cle was re­vers­ing, one of the rear doors opened and Evan fell from the back.

He fell onto the ground be­low and the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued to re­verse over him. It was at this point that Evan suf­fered “cat­a­strophic in­juries” to his head and skull.

Speak­ing at the inquest into the death, Sergeant Shane Davies of DyfedPowys Po­lice de­scribed what he en­coun­tered when he ar­rived at the scene.

He added that the ve­hi­cle had been foren­si­cally ex­am­ined since the in­ci­dent and while it had some “mi­nor faults” th­ese would have been “un­re­lated” and “not con­trib­u­tory” to the ac­ci­dent.

He said the door had to have been phys­i­cally op­er­ated in or­der for it to have opened. “I don’t be­lieve the door was faulty,” added Sergeant Davies.

“In my opin­ion, it had been se­curely fas­tened.”

A jury at the inquest re­turned a con­clu­sion of ac­ci­den­tal death.

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