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Inquest: Boy, 6, sustained “unsurvivable injuries” in crash
A BOY sustained “unsurvivable head injuries” after his mother lost control of their car which crashed into a tree, an inquest was told.
Jamie Sutton from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, was in the passenger seat of a black Ford Ka that crashed in Ley Hill Road at about 4.15pm on September 13.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Daril Jones, who was driving past just after the collision happened, spoke of the harrowing moment Jamie’s mother carried the six-year-old’s body from the wreckage back up to the roadside in a desperate bid to get medical help.
He said: “I could see a woman standing on the verge, she was waving her arms. I slowed and I could see dried blood on her face, she was screaming ‘help, I can’t see, my baby’.
“Another car pulled up behind me and, as it did, the woman went off into the trees. I spoke to the other driver and asked her if she would come with me.
“We went into the trees and the woman appeared carrying an unconscious child across both arms. She was screaming ‘help my baby’.”
Mr Jones told Beaconsfield Coroner’s Court today that as he dialled 999 other drivers, including a passing doctor, stopped and attempted CPR on Jamie before paramedics arrived at the scene.
Collision investigator PC Simon Bishop said there was no evidence of any mechanical fault or interference from another vehicle.
He told the inquest he believed Jamie’s mother somehow lost control of the Ka on a sharp bend which resulted in the vehicle leaving the road sideways, hitting a tree and ending up on its side in the woodland.
There were tyre markings on the single-track road indicating loss of control, he added.
PC Bishop said Jamie’s mother told officers she was travelling at about 45mph, which could have been a factor in the car leaving the road which has a national speed limit.
He said: “A colleague drove round the bend, which is quite sharp, at a variety of speeds. It was comfortable at 40mph but at 50 it was getting dicey and that’s with an experienced, advanced driver behind the wheel.”
Pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt said Jamie, a Waterside School pupil, sustained severe head injuries and brain damage in the collision.
Dr Hunt said the High Wycombe-born boy would not have survived the injuries even with immediate expert medical assistance.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, the Buckinghamshire Coroner Richard Hulett, who was flanked by the visiting High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire Sir Stuart Hampson, said the death of a child is “outstandingly distressing”.
He said: “Jamie was a front seat passenger in a car being driven on a rural road by his mother. The vehicle has gone out of control and ended up in the wooded area.
“It’s so often the case in road traffic collisions that once control of a vehicle has been lost, what does it hit?
“There are countless cases where there are happy endings and there are others where it leads to a vehicle hitting something unyielding.
“The vehicle has pitched over and where the roof has stoved in is right where Jamie was sitting and, as we have heard, he sustained unsurvivable injuries. He didn’t suffer, thank goodness.”
In a statement released immediately after Jamie’s death, the family said: “Jamie was a beautiful, happy and intelligent little boy who inspired love and happiness in everyone he met.
“His cheeky grin and even cheekier personality will be missed so much by his family, extended family and more friends than you would think it possible for a six-year-old to have.
“Sleep tight my angel, we will love you forever.”
A safety awareness campaign has been launched by residents in the Ley Hill area in the wake of Jamie's death.