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Toddler was fatally injured by caravan

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Toddler was fatally injured by caravan


Erin Thompson (2) was fatally injured when she ran between a caravan and car driven by her grandfather on a Mayo beach last June, an inquest into the toddler’s death heard.
The child’s parents Alan and Sonya Thompson of 5 Gilnahirk Chase, Belfast arrived at Jackson’s Field campsite, Ballycastle on June 2 with daughter Erin and nephew Ryan (6).
Their caravan got stuck at the entrance to the campsite and grandfather, Alan Martin Thompson assisted in freeing it.
Mr Thompson then drove with his two grandchildren the rest of the way to where the family were camping. Before parking the caravan both children got out to walk the rest of the way, however, Erin ran in front of the caravan unbeknownst to her grandfather and suffered fatal head injuries.
The family had been going to the beach every summer for a number of years. The inquest heard Erin may have been trying to emulate the efforts made to free the caravan just moments prior to the accident.
Mayo North coroner, Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald said no blame could be apportioned to any party but warned that children should be supervised at all times because within a split second tragedy can strike.  Dr Fitzgerald also noted that a child of Erin’s age wouldn’t have a fully developed scull, contributing to the severity of the injury.
The toddler’s tearful mother thanked the emergency services and Gardai for their assistance and the sensitive way they dealt with the family during their time of grieving.