A three-year-old boy who died last year on his family’s farm was killed by a pick-up truck which had been left in gear, an inquest heard.

Anthony Pritchard-Allen, known as AJ, was killed on his father’s Cambridgeshire farm on 20 April 2018.

The young boy was pronounced dead at approximately 9pm that night while he was in hospital.

A post-mortem examination found that his cause of death was due to blunt traumatic injuries to the head, chest and abdomen.

A court inquest heard on Tuesday (13 August) that while AJ’s mum, Tanya Allen, left the farm for a ‘very brief period’ a Toyota Hilux was being refuled by AJ’s father, Joseph Pritchard.

The court heard from assistant coroner Simon Milburn: “It seems that during this refuelling process the vehicle was left in gear and when the ignition was subsequently turned on the Toyota moved forward, striking AJ who was stood in front of it.”

No-one else was working on the farm at the time, the inquest heard, and PC Simon Burgin, a forensic collision investigator, added that it was ‘not unusual’ for agricultural vehicles to have their handbrakes left off.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified no breaches to the Mr Pritchard’s farm and no mechanical defects were found.

From KWCH12. Posted on August 15, 2019. Original Article