Lindsey Inger tram death: Coroner rules accidental death
- 22 January 2014
- From the section Nottingham
The death of a 13-year-old girl from Nottinghamshire who was hit and killed by a tram was an accident, a coroner has ruled.
Lindsey Inger was killed as she crossed a tramline near the Moor Bridge crossing in Hucknall in November 2012.
The family of the teenager said a new footbridge, which opened last October after a campaign by them, should have been built before she lost her life.
Lindsey's death was the third at the same crossing in four years.
The inquest heard that Lindsey and three other girls walked across the tram crossing at 19:00 GMT to get to one of the friends' houses.
According to Lindsey's family, it was the first time she had ever used it.
'Took my daughter'
Marlene Starling, Lindsey's foster mother, said the family did not blame the tram driver for her death.
"The tram is so big and no matter when he would have put the brakes on he wouldn't have missed her.
"I understand that it was accidental, but it still took my daughter."
Lindsey was just 50cm (20in) from safety when she was struck.
The horn was also sounded five seconds before the collision, when the tram was 97m (318ft) away and Lindsey was still behind a barrier.
On Tuesday, the inquest heard from the tram driver who said there was a "deadly silence" in the seconds after the accident.
Adrian Vickery, who gave evidence at the inquest, said there was nothing he could do to avoid hitting her.
Mr Vickery, described as very experienced, told the hearing that he was driving below the speed limit and with the full beam headlights when he saw three children at the crossing.
As he approached the youngsters, he saw Lindsey standing to the left and thought she had noticed him and would step out of the way.
During the hearing, Lindsey's foster sister stood up to tell Mr Vickery the family did not want him to live with any guilt and said they felt he did all he possibly could to avoid the collision.
Ms Starling said: "I feel sorry for him [the tram driver], I've got to live with the thoughts of Lindsey and she's not here anymore, but that man must have a vision of Lindsey in his head all the time.
"I couldn't live with a vision like that, so my heart really does go out to him."
When Ms Starling was asked about the new footbridge being in place she said: "It's too late, it's too late.
"That bridge should have been there years ago, not after people have got injured and killed.
"And the bridge is there now because we couldn't let it rest."
In 2008, Jean Hoggart, 56, and her seven-year-old grandson, Mikey Dawson, died at the same spot.