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Girl, 4, knocked down and killed by her own mum in tragic accident


A coroner has ruled the death of a four-year-old girl who was struck by a pick-up truck being driven by her mum as a “tragic accident.”

Mum Laura Henderson was on the phone and trying to link the truck to the family’s caravan when she struck daughter Ava Henderson, causing an “unsurviveable” head injury, reports The Sun.

Ava was playing with brother Lewis, 8, in South Shields in Newcastle at around 7pm on May 27 last year, as the family were getting ready for a weekend away.

CCTV footage showed Laura had a phone held between her ear and shoulder as she was moving the vehicle.

Giving evidence at the inquest, collision investigator PC Gary Luther said Ava was bending down to try and restrain the family bulldog – and there was “no chance whatsoever” Laura could have seen her.

The inquest heard passers-by desperately tried to revive Ava after seeing Laura slumped on the floor cradling her and crying: “My baby, my baby, she’s gone, she’s gone.”

But Ava could not be saved and was pronounced dead at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

No one is facing criminal action over the incident.

Coroner Karen Dilks recorded a conclusion of accidental death at Newcastle Coroner’s Court on Tuesday.

She said: “Due to the nature of the vehicle and [Laura’s] own stature it meant her view was restricted.

“Tragically that meant she was not aware when the moved the vehicle for the last time that her daughter was in her path and she collided with her, causing fatal injuries.

“The events in the yard that day were, in every sense one could ever imagine, a tragic accident.”

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