Boy, 3, killed after dad ran him over with ride-on lawnmower

A three-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a lawnmower being driven by his dad.

The youngster was rushed to Pambula District Hospital on Saturday lunchtime with severe injuries after being hit with the mower blades.

Police officers were called to the hospital at about 12:30pm after the child was brought in.

The toddler later died, despite resuscitation attempts by paramedics, police said.

‘He reversed over the poor child. He didn’t see him,’ a police spokesman said.

Police are not expected to make any charges but are required to investigate such deaths to provide a report to the coroner.

A spokesperson said: ‘I don’t think anything you could do to the father would change the way he feels unfortunately.

‘It’s unusual, it’s not a death that’s caused by natural causes, so that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.’

Karen Wright, a Bega Valley Shire councillor from South Pambula, said: ‘It is absolutely tragedy and my heart goes out to the family.’

A report is set to be sent to the coroner in the coming days.

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