Skip to content

Boy, 4, who was killed by car ran into road as mother pressed pelican crossing button, inquest hears

Boy, 4, who was killed by car ran into road as mother pressed pelican crossing button, inquest hears

A four-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a car traveling at 40mph when he slipped from his mother’s hand and ran onto the road ‘because he was excited to go home and eat KFC’ that’s how a judicial inquiry should be.

A hearing was told how his mother Aklaya Sasikaran broke her finger trying to grab her son Agarwin Sasikaran before he was hit by the Vauxhall Astra.

He was at a pelican crossing with her and his six-year-old brother when his mother released his hand to press the button, blasting into the road, an inquest heard.

Agarwin suffered “catastrophic injuries” to his head and torso and has never regained consciousness, it was said yesterday.

An off-duty GP jumped the barriers to treat the boy while the driver of the car called emergency services, but the child died in hospital the next morning.

The death of the young Sri Lankan boy is said to have happened because of the ‘unpredictability of children’, the West London Coroner’s Court heard.

The coroner and police confirmed through an “extremely thorough” report that the “driver had made no mistake.”

A hearing was told how his mother Aklaya Sasikaran broke her finger trying to grab her son Agarwin Sasikaran, pictured, before he was hit by the Opel Astra

A hearing was told how his mother Aklaya Sasikaran broke her finger trying to grab her son Agarwin Sasikaran, pictured, before he was hit by the Opel Astra

The horrific collision took place on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at around 7pm on Uxbridge Road, in Hayes, west London.

He was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital, but medics were unable to save him and he died in the early hours of the next morning.

Ms Sasikaran made a statement to police, saying after letting the kids eat lunch at home, the younger wanted KFC popcorn chicken for dinner.

Assistant coroner Ivor Collett said, summarizing her statement: “She told the kids they would take the food home instead of eating it at the KFC.

“They were leaving KFC and she grabbed Agarwin’s hand as his brother walked unaided.

“They walked to the intersection on Uxbridge Road. There was a green man ahead of them until they got to the median strip.

“Once they got to that island, she pressed the button so they could cross the second half of the road.

‘She let go of Agarwin’s hand, still holding the Tesco bag, to press the button. He then ran onto the track.’

The coroner said the mother tried desperately to grab her young son, breaking her finger trying to grab him, but he was hit.

He was with his mother and six-year-old brother at a pelican crossing when his mother released his hand to press the button and shot onto the road, it was said.  Pictured: Tribute to Agarwin on Uxbridge Road, Hayes, where he was hit by a car

He was with his mother and six-year-old brother at a pelican crossing when his mother released his hand to press the button and shot onto the road, it was said. Pictured: Tribute to Agarwin on Uxbridge Road, Hayes, where he was hit by a car

Stacy Woolmore, the driver who was driving within the speed limit, reacted within a second of the boy blasting onto the road by swerving immediately to the left in an attempt to avoid the crash.

Police officers investigating the matter determined the accident was “inevitable” and found that the driver “had made no mistake”. †

Collett, summarizing her statement, said, “She said he must have been three feet in front of the mother.

“The mother tried to grab him, but it was too late and the car hit the boy. Mrs Woolmore then contacted the emergency services.’

Detective Constable Dariusz Alexander, of the Metropolitan Police, investigated the incident and checked the cameras to find the time between Agarwin driving onto the road and Mrs Woolmore avoiding him was within a second.

This was the response time that police thought was a reasonable amount of time for an ‘alert’ driver, the inquest was told.

He told the court: “She reacted within a second as the pedestrian pulled into the road and CCTV footage shows the vehicle did not have sufficient time to stop before the collision.

“The vehicle was traveling at 39 mph. The moment the boy pulled out onto the road, the collision was inevitable.

“It is my hypothesis that Agarwin was eager to go home after visiting KFC with his mother and brother.”

The coroner described the driver as “extremely remorseful” and said the death had affected her greatly and needed specialist help.

DC Alexander added: ‘The family has been badly affected and has moved elsewhere from London as they wanted a fresh start after this tragic incident.’

Detective Constable Dariusz Alexander, of the Metropolitan Police, investigated the incident and checked the cameras to find the time between Agarwin driving onto the road and Mrs Woolmore avoiding him was within a second.  Pictured: Uxbridge Road

Detective Constable Dariusz Alexander, of the Metropolitan Police, investigated the incident and checked the cameras to find the time between Agarwin driving onto the road and Mrs Woolmore avoiding him was within a second. Pictured: Uxbridge Road

Assistant coroner Ivor Collett said: ‘A young family went out for dinner at KFC, a takeaway and that night ended with this tragic outcome.

‘Agarwin Sasikaran was a four-year-old boy who held his mother’s hand and crossed the road with his brother.

“The family had safely reached the median strip, so they waited until they were allowed to cross the rest of the road.

‘This was a zebra crossing with traffic lights. His mother pressed the button to make the lights change.

“As she did that, Agarwin ran from her up the road. An oncoming car hit Agarwin before his mother could catch him, even though she tried.

Agarwin suffered very serious injuries and never regained consciousness. He was treated very specialist both on the road and in the hospital.

‘The injuries, especially to his brain, were not of such a nature as to be survivable.

‘After specialist surgical advice, it was decided that he could not be actively treated. He died around 2:30 am in the morning hours after the accident.’

The coroner confirmed via the ‘extremely thorough’ report that the ‘driver had made no mistake’.

Collett added: “This terrible accident happened because children can sometimes behave unpredictably.

“Mrs. Sasikaran will never be able to forget that terrible evening, but I want her to know that it is absolutely clear that she could not have done anything to prevent what happened. Children do behave in these impulsive ways.’

The conclusion of death was found to be severe traumatic brain injury caused by a traffic accident.

In tribute, Mr. Collett said, “My condolences to the family on this court.

“I didn’t know their son, but it’s clear that his parents loved him very much.”

Source link