A woman who was in hurry to take her kids to school has ended up doing irreparable harm to one of them in an avoidable tragedy.
A mother identified as Amanda Qi has killed her two-year-old daughter on the driveway of the family home in a tragic school-run accident.
According to Daily Mail UK, Amanda Qi reversed up the steep driveway in her car, not realizing she had only her young son in the car and that her other child Karen was still outside.
She told Reading Coroner’s Court that she had put her son William into her Toyota Prius but was distracted from securing her daughter Karen because she was throwing away a banana skin which was left in the car.
She got into the driver’s seat and began moving before she felt a ‘bump’ and realized Karen was not in the car. Mrs Qi rushed outside and found her daughter, who she called Qi-Qi, was neither conscious nor breathing.
‘I made sure William had his seatbelt on and then I reversed and felt a strange bump,’ she told the inquest. ‘I realized Qi-Qi was not in the car. I realised she was not there.
‘Sometimes she climbed in herself – she sits in the rear passenger seat on the left.
‘I turned the engine off and went to the back of the car and she was lying on the floor next to the rear passenger side wheel. She was not breathing or conscious, I took out my phone to call 999 and other people came to help at that point.
‘My neighbor said she was a trainee nurse, my other neighbor said she was a first aider and they did CPR on Qi-Qi.’
Mrs Qi, who attended the inquest with Karen’s father, Frank Liu, described how she was in a rush to get the children to school on the morning of November 17 last year.
‘We were often running late because of traffic and we were running late as usual,’ she said.
‘The last time I recall seeing her was at the front door of the house. I did not reverse back very far. I used the accelerator a little as there is a slope towards the house and I have to use the accelerator to move the car.
‘The bump I felt was very slight, it did feel I had run something over.
‘The reason I walked around the car was the day before William had left a banana skin in the car so I took the skin to the bin then I came back to the driver’s side.
‘I got into the car, opened the door and let William climb in. The front passenger door is where he normally sits – he has a child seat.
‘He climbed in the seat then I got the banana skin. It was in the cup holder. I think she was next to the car because normally I open the door for William then open the door for Karen and she would climb in because she liked to climb in herself most of the time.
‘I rushed, I thought she was already in. I thought I had already fastened her into the seat.’
She added she had not waited for the Toyota’s reversing camera to come on because she was in a hurry and was not yet close to the end of the drive when she began moving.
Jonny Nicholson, a paramedic, said that when he arrived at the family home in Wraysbury, Berkshire, at around 8.20 am there were no electrical signals from the child’s heart.
She was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough where she was pronounced dead.
In her conclusions, assistant coroner for Berkshire, Emma Jones, said: ‘I shall not repeat the conclusions of Mr Hannan which I adopt as my own conclusions in this inquest.
‘We’ve heard evidence from Mrs Qi about the change in routine that morning. The only conclusion I can draw is Mrs Qi was rushing that morning to get the children to school and overlooked that Karen wasn’t in the car.
‘She got into the car and had the automatic reaction of putting the car into reverse, then realised she wasn’t in the vehicle. There’s nothing more I can say than this was a tragic accident – therefore I shall record a conclusion of accidental death.
‘Finally may I express my condolences on behalf of the coroner’s office. We don’t underestimate how difficult it is for family members especially in a case such as this – a child death.’