1-year-old girl runs over and is killed by her grandfather’s car while playing in a puddle on the first day of a camping holiday

A 20 MONTHS old child was run over and killed by his grandfather’s motorcade as he played in a puddle on the first day of a camping holiday, an inquest heard today.

Josephine Gordon – better known as Josie – died at the scene of the crash at the Little Trethvas farm campsite near Helston on The Lizard in Cornwall.

Josie died at the scene of the crash at Little Trethvas campsite near Helston


Josie died at the scene of the crash at Little Trethvas campsite near HelstonCredits: Lizard Campground

Tragedy struck after Josie and her parents got off a camping van from their home in Cotgrave, Nottingham to see her family.

Josie was playing in the puddles of her Peter Rabbit well and blue puddle suit on the cobbled pavement just minutes after her grandparents arrived in their car to tow the caravan.

She said: “Josie was playing in the puddle at the back of the caravan. She was having the time of her life.”

Josie was only a meter away from them when her grandfather Ian Gordon moved out of his car and crew to their yard.

Hannah said it “just rolled forward under control” when she spotted her daughter on the ground.

“It felt like seconds between seeing her play in the puddle to seeing her on the floor,” she said.

Harry Gordon shoved his daughter up, but blood came out of her nose and mouth.

Harry gave his daughter mouth and mouth CPR, but she was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, the Truro Coroner’s Court investigation was heard.

Hannah said: “I don’t know what happened. I was wondering if she got under the truck to get something. I just don’t know.

“Josie is always around and never runs away. She likes to be around us.”


She said her only child was “confident and happy” and “showed me what happiness is”.

Harry Gordon said he recognized the ‘rock’ of his father’s caravan as it moved and said he had ‘complete distrust’ of the tragedy.

He said: “She’s absolutely magical and always happy and doesn’t cry. There’s nothing to overwhelm her.”

Retired marketing and communications director Ian Gordon said: “There was nothing ahead. I checked my wing mirrors. I backed the car forward very slowly.


“I was walking forward for a few seconds, I heard Harry shouting ‘Josie was run over by a caravan,’ I stopped and Harry picked her up.”

He said he felt “constant memories of grief and grief” of the death of their only grandchild and said her “short life of radiance had been replaced by darkness”.

Andrew Cox, senior coroner for Cornwall, was told that a car pulling a caravan was crawling along the track when the driver felt a slight bump – and Josie was hit by the wheel of the caravan. rolled over travel.

Doctor Thomas Grigor who performed the autopsy said Jose had died from head and chest injuries and he said the toddler would have died instantly and her injuries were irreversible.

The sunshine she brings to all life will shine forever

Gavin Cox, a family member

PC Francis Mitchell arrived at the scene and said Jose’s mother Hannah was crying ‘my baby, this is my baby – where’s the ambulance’.

PC Justin Hain said there were no speed issues or vehicle failures and no one would face prosecution from the incident.

A family member, Gavin Cox, read the family statement and said: “Josie is a joyful, lively and beautiful force of nature. The sunshine she brings to all. life will shine forever.”

Mr Arrow of Coroner said: “This is a very unusual and very sad case.

“I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this has been for family members, especially Josie’s parents. This is a tragic set of circumstances.”

He said injuries to her head and chest indicated that she had been hit by the shock absorber bracket and then run over by the wheels of the convoy.

Coroner Mr Cox recorded the road traffic collision conclusion and said that Gordon’s senior “did not see Josie play innocently in a tragedy that unfolded within seconds”. 1-year-old girl runs over and is killed by her grandfather’s car while playing in a puddle on the first day of a camping holiday

Huynh Nguyen

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