Toddler dies after her buggy is blown into the road by a gust of wind and hit by a van as her mother turns to lock the front door

Toddler dies after her buggy is blown by a gust of wind into the path of a van as her mother turns to lock the front doorPushchair was blown into traffic after mother turned to lock the front door
Three-year-old girl suffered cardiac arrest and died an hour laterDesperate mother tried to give CPR at the scene of the accidentCourier van driver held on suspicion of causing death by careless driving

By
Damien Gayle

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:27 GMT, 25 March 2013

A three-year-old girl was killed in front of her mother this morning when a gust of wind blew her buggy from her doorstep into the path of a delivery van, according to witnesses.

The girl was hit by a van driving into an estate off Wellesley Road in Croydon town centre, South London, after her mother let go 'for a second' to lock her front door.

Paramedics from London's Air Ambulance raced to the scene and the girl, whose name has not yet been released, was taken by road ambulance to St George's Hospital, Tooting.

Ongoing investigation: Police remove evidence from the flat where the girl lived. The driver of the van which hit her has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving

Ongoing investigation: Police remove evidence from the flat where the girl lived. The driver of the van which hit her has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving

She died just over an hour later after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The driver of the van has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

He was being held at a south London police station while officers continued their enquiries into the death.

A man who was at the scene within moments of the fatal collision said a gust of wind blew the girl's buggy into the path of a delivery van.

'I think they were off to playschool,' said the man, who is a neighbour of the girl's family.

'The mother turned around for a second to lock the door and the buggy was blown into the path of the van and the little girl was in it.

'The mother was trying to resuscitate her and was blowing air into her nose. At one stage she screamed “She's dead, she's dead”, but I saw the girl's lips moving and told her to keep on blowing. It was a horrible scene.

'The family are very nice and she is a lovely little girl. It is tragic what has happened.'

A general view of the scene: The child is thought to have been hit next to the green bollard just outside her home

A view of the scene: The child is thought to have been hit next to the green bollard just outside her home

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the collision at about 8.45am this morning.

Paramedics then called police to the scene at 8.52am where the driver of the DPD courier van was arrested.

Despite the efforts of medics on the scene and at St George's, the girl was pronounced dead at 10.03am.

Officers
from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage are
investigating the circumstances of the collision, a police spokesman
said.

Police would not answer further questions about what happened because the circumstances were 'still under investigation.'

Tragic: Wellesley Road in Croydon town centre, South London, where a three-year-old girl was killed today when a gust of wind blew her buggy into oncoming traffic

Tragic: Wellesley Road in Croydon town centre,
South London, near where a three-year-old girl was killed today when a gust
of wind blew her buggy into oncoming traffic

The tragedy stopped traffic in one direction on the busy dual-carriageway in west Croydon for several hours this morning.

Twitter users also reported hold ups with the district's tram network at around the time of the incident.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: 'We were called at just before 8.45am to reports of a road traffic collision on Wellesley Road.

'We sent a single responder in a car, an ambulance crew, a duty officer and London's Air Ambulance to the scene.

'Our staff treated one patient, a girl reported to be three-years-old, who was in cardiac arrest.

'She was taken to St George's Hospital in an ambulance, escorted by the doctor from the air ambulance.'

Delivery firm DPD confirmed to the Croydon Advertiser that one of its vehicles was involved in the incident.

'Our deepest sympathy goes to the family involved and we will continue to work closely with the emergency services investigating the incident,' a spokesman said.