A U.K. woman accidentally struck and killed her three-year-old son while learning to drive.

The Telegraph reports, Lyndsay Turner, 34, was pulling her car into a parking area near their home in Norfolk, when she hit her son Liam as he played nearby.

Father Stephen, 37, moved the toddler from underneath the vehicle and drove him towards the hospital before flagging down an ambulance, the court was told.

Liam was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, but could not be saved. An inquest into the incident on June 7 last year was held at Norwich Coroner’s Court on Monday.

It was a hot summer day and Liam was playing outside with his older sister.

In a statement, Mrs Turner said she had asked her husband to teach her to drive and decided to move the car a short way to its parking space.
It was the first time she had ever driven the car. She did not have a provisional driving licence and was not insured.

“There are no plans to bring any criminal proceedings in this case” Pc Forbes Scott
“My foot slipped and it jolted suddenly forward,” she told police. Mr Turner had supervised her moving the car from outside the vehicle.

Neighbour Amy Jones saw Mrs Turner pulling into the space in a “stuttering” manner and heard Mr Turner shouting “stop”, followed by a loud crunch.
“Liam was bleeding really badly and I told Stephen to put him in the car and take him to hospital,” she added.

Pc Forbes Scott told the court Mrs Turner was on a public road and should not have been driving, but the Crown Prosecution Service had decided it was not in the public interest to bring charges.

“There are no plans to bring any criminal proceedings in this case,” he added. He said there were no faults with the car.
The inquest heard Liam suffered a serious head injury and irreversible brain damage and died at the hospital’s accident and emergency department at 8.16pm that day.

Deputy Coroner Nicholas Holroyd recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
He told the couple: “This was an appalling tragedy and you both have my profound sympathy for this loss. There are very few parents who when looking back haven’t said to themselves ‘that was a near thing’, tragically this ended as disastrously as it did.”

In a statement issued shortly after his death, the couple said: “We are devastated by the loss of our darling little man. Liam was a happy, content little boy who was always smiling and laughing. He had a wonderful sense of humour and brought joy to the lives of everyone who knew him. He was deeply loved. Life will not be the same without him.”

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  • Oh that poor woman. I hope she has found a way to cope.


  • So sad. I seem to have read so many tragic stories lately – very depressing.


  • What a horrible, horrible tragedy. I can only imagine what the poor family is going through. Would be nothing worse than accidentally killing your own child. :(


  • what a horrible tragic thing to happen.


  • that is so sad. gee i just feel really bad for the family. that poor mother will never forgive herself even though it was an accident.


  • I feel so sorry for the couple, especially for the mother as she was the one driving.


  • My deepest sympathy goes out to the parents. It is so sad that they have lost their beautiful son. I pray they will find peace and strength as they live wit this situation. So sorry. God bless the family.


  • Oh no. This is so tragic and sad. That poor family.


  • It’s extremely tragic, may God rest his soul and confit his parents


  • i am so sorry to hear of your loss under extremely hard circumstances


  • How tragic.. I don’t think I could live with myself. I feel for this mum.


  • oh this is just so awful and sad.


  • I know people that would attack these parents for what is a tragic outcome. I also know that accidents happen and while it could have been prevent it wasn’t. Unfortunately for this couple it resulted in them learning a lesson in the most cruel way.


  • What a tragic story !! Glad no criminal charges were made, this incident on itself is more then you can carry I would say ! Poor parents, bless them.


  • Such a great tragedy – she was trying to improve her skills and this happens. truly aweful.


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