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Tragic death of three-year-old who was struck by father's tractor was accident, inquest hears

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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A three-year-old boy died after he was hit by a tractor driven by his father outside their home, an inquest heard today.

Tragic Benjamin Norris was killed instantly when he excitedly ran to see his dad David who was carrying out landscaping work.

But the youngster moved into a blindspot and Mr. Norris failed to see him and accidentally drove over him.

Benjamin, known to his family as Benny, suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

The heartbreaking accident happened last November at the family's farm at Whatley, near Frome, Somerset.

Coroner Tony Williams briefly recounted the details to Mr. Norris, who attended the brief inquest at Wells Town Hall, Somerset with his brother Philip.

Mr. Williams told him: "On November 12 2013 you [David] were at home levelling gravel on the sloping driveway of the house.

"Your wife had just come home with your two children and Benjamin ran from the car across towards you in the tractor.

"I have heard there are a number of blind spots in the cab in some areas and you had a very restricted view.

"Essentially Benjamin was in one of those blind spots and he came into contact with a tyre of the tractor.

"As a result he suffered serious head injuries.

"That is as much as I need to hear from the point of view of an inquest and I would not hesitate to come to the conclusion of accidental death."

The inquest heard that a builder was also present at the scene and saw the incident.

After the hearing devastated David said nothing would ever replace his son who would have turned four next month.

He said: "It is a really sad case, nothing is ever going to replace him or bring him back."

Police and Health and Safety inspectors investigated the death.

Verdict: Accidental death.

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