Toddler died of head injuries after farm tragedy in Kenninghall

A toddler was killed when he was hit by a vehicle being driven by a farm worker in what a Norfolk coroner has described as 'dreadful tragedy'.

Edward Criddle was 22 months old when he died at a farm in Kenninghall, near Diss, on November 22.

An inquest was opened this afternoon by Norfolk coroner William Armstrong, who said a post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death to be brain damage resulting from a fracture to the skull.

Mr Armstrong said the accident happened on agricultural land in Kenninghall – although not at Wash Farm off Fersfield Road, where the youngster lived with his parents, Edward Criddle and Lucy Wood.

'On November 22, Edward was at a family farm in Kenninghall when at around 4pm he was in collision with a car being driven by a farm worker,' said Mr Armstrong. 'The East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the scene, but despite their best efforts he could not be saved.

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'The circumstances of this death are being investigated by the police and, of course, by the Health and Safety Executive, and I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Edward's parents and all those affected by this dreadful tragedy.'

The inquest was adjourned until the completion of the investigation.

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Following the accident, police said the boy was struck by a silver Nissan pick-up truck. Officers had been speaking to the driver, who was aged in his 60s, but no arrests were made.

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