Boy, 7, crushed to death in freak accident as he changed out of boots

A seven-year-old boy died after being crushed to death in a car park while changing his boots, an inquest heard.

Alfie Tollett became wedged between two cars in the car park at his local rugby club in Plymouth, a coroner was told.

He had just watched his brother play in a match and was changing hit boots for shoes in what was described as a "freak accident".

According to the hearing, an electric vehicle had been struggling to park and "shunted" another parked car at Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby club into Alfie, who was stood next to the family car.

The statement read: "[Alfie] was stood at the rear of the family car changing his boots for his shoes after watching his brother play rugby."

"A stationary vehicle parked behind the family vehicle was then struck by another electrically propelled vehicle that was attempting to park; this vehicle has shunted forward the parked vehicle and crushed Alfie between the two vehicles.

"Alfie was conveyed to Derriford Hospital, but sadly passed away."

The cause of this tragic death was given as blunt force traumatic chest injuries.

A 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving but has been released on bail until May with police urging any witnesses or people who may have dash-cam footage to come forward.

The incident took place on Sunday, February 19, with many people taking to social media to express their condolences.

His family said in a statement shortly after his death: "This has to be one of the hardest things we have had to do as a family. On Sunday, our precious little Alfie was involved in a horrible incident where sadly he lost his life.

"This has left a massive hole in our whole family. Our Alfie was not just our son and brother, but also a grandson, a cousin, a nephew and a friend to so many people."

Rugby club Plymstock Oaks RFC which Alfie was a member, said in a statement: "It is with deep shock and sadness that we regret to inform you of the tragic loss of a young life of one of our own today."

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