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When will parents learn?

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Penny Report 22 Nov 2012 07:21

If I three year old won't hold a hand then he should either be on reins or strapped in a pushchair.

An 8 year old isn't of an age to be holding anyones had other than his parents!

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 22 Nov 2012 05:42

I know, I am sorry, I tried to change it but couldn't make a difference.

Here's the report.

Parents must take responsibility for children’s safety, coroner warns, after inquest into death of three-year-old Lowestoft boy Rio, hit by a car at King’s Lynn Mart
Daisy Wallage
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
7:55 AM

Rio Bell slipped from his mother’s grasp and ran straight into the path of a car during a faimly visit to the King’s Lynn Mart on February 15.
The junction of King Street and the Tuesday Market Place was blocked in protest of the traffic access during the Mart, after the death of Rio Bell. Picture Matthew Usher.He suffered multiple injuries when he was hit by an Audi A4 outside the Globe Hotel in King Street and was pronounced dead at the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital shortly afterwards.

The inquest heard Rio had been spotted walking in a neighbouring road with his eight-year-old brother just two hours before the accident, while his mother Kelly Rawlinson and her partner Martin Daw, of Lowestoft, walked some distance behind.

Greater Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong said he would write to West Norfolk Council asking it to explore further road safety measures during the historic fair’s stay in the town centre, but he was satisfied the driver was completely blameless.

“I don’t wish to add to the distress and anguish of Rio’s family, but the primary responsibility for young children must rest with those having care of them,” Mr Armstrong said.

“At the time of this tragedy, Rio was not under suitable control or supervision. He should have been under very close and direct control. Under these circumstances, he should either have had reins, been in a buggy or had his hand held.

“It pains me to say that.”

Giving his verdict, Mr Armstrong said Rio died as a result of a road traffic collision and would have lost consciousness immediately.

More than 30 people attended the inquest at Lynn County Court yesterday, including Rio’s father, grandfather and aunt, and proceedings were interrupted while extra seating was arranged.

Witness Natasha Hunt told the hearing she had seen Rio and an older boy walking in Ferry Street, outside the Globe, at about 3.30pm on February 15.

She had been driving at about 10mph and came to a complete stop when she saw the two boys walking towards her.

“They were not paying any attention,” she said. “I heard a man shout out his name and they moved.”

In his evidence, Mr Daw said he and Ms Rawlinson had been following the boys, but conceded they were some distance away.

“Rio was independent. He always walked with his older brother,” he added.

Mr Daw said the family, including Rio’s older brother and sister, had gone to the Globe Hotel for a meal at about 4.45pm that day after going on some of the rides.

As the group left just before 5.30pm, he said Rio slipped from his mother’s grasp and ran straight past him into King Street, opposite the Prezzo restaurant.

“I followed him to the road to catch him and that’s when the accident happened,” Mr Daw said.

Ms Rawlinson said Rio and his sister had walked off to look again at the fairground ride outside the former Barclays bank. She managed to grab hold of the little girl’s hand, but Rio had slipped from her grasp.

“He was determined to get away,” she told the hearing. “When I used to put his reins on his wrist, he would take them off.

“Rio ran past Martin into the road. I didn’t see what happened, I just heard it.”

Witnesses described hearing a loud thud when Rio was hit and one said she heard a loud scream of “No!” as the accident unfolded.

Driver Thomas Dinneen said he had been driving home from work, carefully making his way around the busy marketplace to King Street.

“I saw nothing at all,” he said. “I was aware of a noise and my initial thought was that I had hit the pavement. Then I realised something had happened.

“It felt strange and I stopped the car gently.”

The police were satisfied Mr Dinneen had not been speeding, driving impatiently or driving aggressively before the crash, the hearing was told.

Following Rio’s death, a campaign was started calling on West Norfolk council to improve safety measures while the annual mart is in progress.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition calling for further road closures and the council formed a task group to explore the issue.

David Clack, the council’s safety and welfare advisor, said members had agreed a number of changes, including the introduction of crossing marshals in King Street paid for by the fair operators, closing Ferry Street to traffic and only allowing the mart to stay for nine days.

Mr Armstrong said the council had acted responsibly and given a proportionate response to events, but he would write asking whether any further action should be taken.

He said he recognised the imprtance of the mart and its traditions, but safety should be paramount.

“My last words must be about Rio,” he added. “He was a bright and happy little boy. His life has been cut cruelly short, but he remains a precious gift never to be forgotten.”

Rest in peace, little man.


Bobtanian Report 21 Nov 2012 16:52

its Liz's link wots dunn it!!! in the opening post


AnninGlos Report 21 Nov 2012 16:51

Why is this thread so stretched? Really weird.


Bobtanian Report 21 Nov 2012 16:48

Children MUST be trained to realise that roads are NOT Playgrounds,
and road traffic should be given the utmost respect,
YOU might have seen the car, but the motorist might NOT have seen you..

and any council, in my view is wrong to try to promote otherwise.

I also couldnt find that particular article, but Two articles DID catch my eye

one where the schoolchildren were encouraged to "operate" a hair dryer to make motorists belive they had been speed gunned................Irresponsible behaviour in my view,

and the second where a footballer was fined for having a " police style" baton in his car, ie an OFFENSIVE weapon.................

hypocritically, in Police hands, its a DEFENSIVE law for.........???



GinN Report 21 Nov 2012 16:45

I live in the kings Lynn area, and quite agree with the blame being put upon the parents. I am no big fan of the Mart in Kings Lynn, but closing the roads around the area for it's duration wouldn't be helpful. This type of accident could happen anytime and anywhere in a busy situation, it really is down to parental care..


AnninGlos Report 21 Nov 2012 09:41

Well I couldn't find the actual article to see how old he was but I agree little ones are not kept under control.Strangely though I did see a little one on reins this week and what was quite surprising, if I can say this without being accused of 'something, anything'. The couple with him didn't look the sort that you would normally see having their children on reins. Just shows, shouldn't have pre conceived ideas.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 21 Nov 2012 06:38

Hi Gwynne,

I don't know how I would live with myself if I was the driver, even tho it wasn't their fault, they will never forget what happened.

I feel sad for the family but if only they had made more effort to hold on to the lad, independent tho he wanted to be. He had apparently already been called back onto the path earlier when walking with his older brother in the road so it was known that he wasn't obedient and they should have made him hold on to an older sibling or an adult.



Guinevere Report 21 Nov 2012 06:28

Couldn't agree more, Liz.

It's very rare to see a child wearing reins these days. How many accidents could have been prevented if only parents had taken basic safety precautions?

I feel for drivers involved in accidents that were no fault of their own.


Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 21 Nov 2012 06:23

A little boy was tragically killed by a car after running into the road after attending a local fair and then a restaurant for a meal, with his family. There was public outcry at the time that the roads should be closed off near the fair etc as if that was the cause of his death. The poor car driver must have been in bits knowing they had killed a child.

However at the inquest the driver was found not to blame and the coroner told the family small children should be kept hold of near traffic and other dangers. I know it must be devastating for them to have lost the little lad but I see so many parents wandering along chatting to others while the children race ahead on foot, on scooters or on bikes and I always slow down in case the child moves onto the road. It can happen in a flash and a child who is many yards ahead of the parent, or behind them, can't be grabbed in time to save a tragedy happening. It's no good blaming others if you haven't kept your child safe.

I always tried to keep my son and any of the children I cared for, on the inside when walking and not near the kerb - holding on to them or having them on reins. My thoughts were if a vehicle mounted the pavement for any reason I would take the brunt before a small child did.

You can read about the accident and coroner's comments on my later post.