Boy, 3, run over and killed after dad left truck in gear

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Anthony Pritchard-Allen

TRAGIC: Anthony Pritchard-Allen was run over by a pick-up truck (Pic: GETTY / HAND OUT)

Little Anthony Pritchard-Allen – lovingly nicknamed AJ – was run over and killed by a pick-up truck his dad used on a farm.

AJ had been taken to visit his dad, Joseph Pritchard, at the farm he worked at near Soham, Cambridgeshire. 

Tanya Allen, AJ’s mum, is said to have briefly left the farm for a “very brief period” as Mr Pritchard refuelled a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck. 

In the time his parents were gone, AJ was tragically struck by the vehicle which had jolted forward after it had accidentally been left on. 

Assistant Coroner Simon Milburn told Tuesday’s hearing in Huntington: “It seems that during this refuelling process the vehicle was left in gear and when the ignition was subsequently turned on the Toyota moved forwards, striking AJ who was stood in front of it.” 

The inquest was told AJ had been rushed to Addenbrooke’s hospital by his parents, but was pronounced dead at 9pm on April 20 last year.

A post-mortem ruled the three-year-olds medical cause of death as blunt trauma to the head, chest and abdomen. 

Forensic collision investigator, PC Simon Burgin, said: “I believe AJ was towards the front of the vehicle and the ignition sequence had begun.” 

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FARMER: AJ’s dad accidentally left the key in the ignition (Pic: GETTY)

“I believe AJ was towards the front of the vehicle and the ignition sequence had begun”

PC Simon Burgin

PC Burgin said it was likely AJ was hit by the trucks number plate and forced under the vehicle. 

He said: “It’s not unusual – particularly with farm vehicles. They don’t tend to use the handbrake; they leave them in gear. It’s something that they do.”

PC Burgin said tests carried out on the truck after the accident found the vehicle would propel itself forward if the ignition was on. 

Anthony Pritchard-Allen

SAD: AJ was just three-years-old (Pic: FAMILY HANDOUT)

Authorities confirmed a primal investigation had been ruled out and no offences would be pursued. 

Executive Health and Safety inspector, Roxanne Barker, said: “No-one else was working on the farm at this time of day.” 

Mr Milburn concluded AJ’s death had been an accident and expressed his condolences to Mr Pritchard and Ms Allen who attended the hearing. 

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