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Ipswich: Death of toddler Ryan Ward on Lovetofts Road travellers’ site was ‘accidental’

18:49 09 April 2014

Flora tributes left at Lovetofts Drive Recreation Ground, Ipswich, after the death of a toddler

Flora tributes left at Lovetofts Drive Recreation Ground, Ipswich, after the death of a toddler

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A coroner has ruled that the death of a toddler who was run over on a travellers’ site in Ipswich was accidental.

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One-year-old Ryan Ward, of Newry, County Down, died from head injuries after being hit by a van on the Lovetofts Road Recreation Ground on July 23 last year.

Coroner Peter Dean, speaking at the Ip-City Centre in Ipswich today, recorded a verdict of “accidental death”.

“What we have is an awfully tragic situation that has taken the life of young Ryan Ward,” he said.

“There was an enormous amount of distress and attempts by everybody to do what they could to save him.”

The inquest heard that the injured toddler had been taken to the Landmark House police base, by his mother Rosie Ward, where officers attempted to resuscitate him, but to no avail.

Pc Jeffrey Cribb, a forensic collision investigator with Suffolk Constabulary, later attended the accident site and spoke with van driver Edward Stokes.

Mr Stokes told the officer that he had collected his children form a caravan on the site and then, as he drove away “felt a bump” on the front nearside.

“He heard a screaming from other people on the site, stopped immediately and found that Ryan had been run over by his vehicle,” said Pc Cribb.

He found no evidence of a high speed collision and no suggestion that Mr Stokes had been drinking or taking drugs.

“There was a great deal of upset from all persons involved and a very clear effort to get aid for help,” he added.

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4 comments

  • I have toi agree with the above comments. This is a real tragedy.....which could have been avoided and must surely result in a criminal prosecution. The bloke was driving a van (illegally!) through a playing field for goodness sake!

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    Blue Jerboa

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • If I go to Christchurch park and drive my car across the park hitting a child. I would be quite rightly arrested and charged. These travellers should not have been on a park and not driving on a park. The driver should have faced manslaughter charges.

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    smokie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • A vehicle with a mind of its own... surely it requires a person to drive the vehicle. A tragic situation, it could have been avoided, but there was no malice or criminal activity on the drivers part. negligence. If this occurred on the public highway he would have been prosecuted however. The unfortunate victim was one year old, how "high speed" would a collision need to be, surely that is missing the point and would allow such a driver more time to notice such a child in the vicinity. All in all, very sad.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • If I go to Christchurch park and drive my car across the park hitting a child. I would be quite rightly arrested and charged. These travellers should not have been on a park and not driving on a park. The driver should have faced manslaughter charges.

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    smokie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

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