Boy, three, accidentally killed by truck driven by father in Wales

Boy, three, accidentally killed by truck driven by father in Wales

Inquest hears how Ianto Jenkins was playing on his bicycle before being struck by vehicle on dairy farm

Ianto Sior Jenkins

A three-year-old boy died after being accidentally hit with a pickup truck and trailer driven by his father at a farm in south-west Wales, an inquest jury has concluded.

Ianto Jenkins sustained a fatal head injury as he played on his bicycle on the dairy farm near Efailwen, Carmarthenshire, on 3 August last year.

His father, Guto Jenkins, 32, was running a business from the farm selling topsoil and had taken Ianto, the boy's elder sister and a cousin with him on a delivery, the inquest in Llanelli heard.

They had returned to the farm and Jenkins had parked his VW Amarok truck and trailer in the yard because the sister and cousin wanted to play on their bicycles instead of joining him for another delivery.

"After I had collected my second load of topsoil, I drove back into the farmyard to collect Ianto who had wanted to come with me again," Jenkins said in a written statement.

Ianto then changed his mind, Jenkins said. "He now wanted to stay at the farm with his sister and at this point he was well away from the trailer.

"I checked both my wing mirrors and they showed the rear and the sides of the trailer to be clear and I then looked over my shoulder to the nearside to check the blind spot.

"Satisfied it was safe to do so, I pulled away forward and drove up the farm track to the road. I pulled away slowly and in a controlled manner and did not roll backwards at all.

"When I got to the top of the track, I received a call from my mum, and my mum kept saying Ianto was dead. It was the worst call of my life.

"The only thing I can think of now is that either Ianto must have been in a blind spot, or he had moved into the vicinity of the trailer while I was looking in my other mirror or ahead in order to make sure this area was clear.

I did not see him at all."

Jenkins, who is divorced from his children's mother, added: "There is not a day goes by when I do not think of Ianto.

The circumstances of his death is a waking nightmare which I will live with for the rest of my life."

A postmortem found the boy had sustained a "catastrophic" head injury and would have died instantaneously.

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