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Boy's road death was an accident

PUBLISHED: 16:15 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:09 23 August 2010

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy killed after being run over by a car had slipped and fallen in the road moments before he was hit, an inquest heard. Luke Squires, of Thong Lane, Gravesend, died on January 10 last year after he was hit by a car in Leander Drive,

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy killed after being run over by a car had slipped and fallen in the road moments before he was hit, an inquest heard.

Luke Squires, of Thong Lane, Gravesend, died on January 10 last year after he was hit by a car in Leander Drive, Gravesend, on his way home from school.

The inquest into his death at Dartford Coroners Court last Thursday revealed he had stepped into the road and tried to run back to the footpath after seeing a Vauxhall Cavalier coming towards him, but slipped and fell before he could get out of the way.

Driver Edward Webb, of Taunton Vale, Gravesend, told the court that at the time of the incident he was driving at about 20mph and it was raining heavily.

He said: "He fell over and I saw his shoe come up and I just ran over him. There was nothing I could do."

He added that when he saw Luke step into the road he slammed on his brakes and swerved to the right, but could not avoid hitting him.

After the incident, the youngster, a pupil at Thamesview School, Thong Lane, Gravesend, was taken to Darent Valley Hospital and surgeons performed emergency surgery to try and stop massive blood loss from his ruptured liver.

But doctors found he needed more complex surgery, so was transferred to Kings College Hospital in London, where he later died.

A post-mortem examination found his death was due to a haemorrhage caused by a ruptured liver and fractured pelvis.

Investigating Officer PC Anthony Collins, from Kent Police, said investigations into the car after the accident revealed no faults.

Coroner Roger Hatch said: "Clearly Mr Webb had no chance whatsoever to avoid the accident which occurred." He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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