Guernsey

Guernsey girl's quad bike death ruled accidental

  • 30 January 2013
  • From the section Guernsey
Floral tributes left at the scene of the crash
Head teacher Gary Hind described Mai-Lea Falla as an "articulate, talented, sensitive and fun loving girl"

The death of a young girl who died after being hit by a quad bike rider in Guernsey was accidental, a coroner has ruled.

Mai-Lea Falla, seven, a pupil at Vale Junior School, suffered a severe head injury when she was hit in Summerfield Road last November.

The school girl, who was carol singing with a friend, ran out from behind a lorry into the road.

The quad bike rider did not have enough time to brake, the coroner was told.

The inquest heard that a sewage cart driver had seen the two girls and was checking his rear view mirror when he drove past.

He saw Mai-Lea run out from behind his lorry into the path of the quad bike.

In a report, the coroner said: "The quad bike rider saw Mai-Lea but did not have time to brake or take any avoiding action and hit her."

Sgt Martyn Bougourd, a police collision investigation officer, said he calculated that the quad bike had been travelling at 32mph, within the 35mph speed limit for the road.

A report for the coroner also stated that the noise of the sewage cart may have obscured the noise from the approaching quad bike.

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