Vet recalls killing daughter accidentally with tractor
A VET has told how he accidentally killed his six-year-old daughter with a vintage tractor while on a
A VET has told how he accidentally killed his six-year-old daughter with a vintage tractor while on a family holiday.
Teal David, from Henley, was crushed when she fell under the wheels of the tractor being driven by her father on a country lane in the seaside village of Aberdaron in north Wales last June.
Evan David, 43, told an inquest how he was taking his three children for a ride on the Nuffield tractor as a “treat”.
He was driving “very, very slowly” with one of the children sitting on his lap.
Mr David said the tractor “jerked” and Teal tumbled off the footwell.
He said: “I put my foot on the clutch to slow and she fell off and hit the concrete. I stopped and she didn’t come up, whether she was unconscious or what. I panicked and didn’t get it out of gear. I drove over her.”
Fighting back tears, California-born Mr David added: “It shouldn’t have happened.”
Teal’s siblings Sennen and Sky were not injured.
Mr David, who works at the Norcal Veterinary Services in Thame, told the inquest that he and his wife Clare and their children would regularly stay with his parents in the Welsh village.
He said that the brakes on the 49-year-old Nuffield tractor would stick and sometimes catch, adding: “Other than that it was in good order.”
The inquest heard the tractor was checked by police investigators who found it had no mechanical defects.
Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said Teal died “virtually immediately” after her chest was crushed by the tractor’s large wheel.
North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones recorded a verdict of misadventure.
He said: “Mr David was giving his children a treat of a ride on a tractor. As a child, I myself had several rides on tractors. But this entirely innocent and not reckless task led to the entirely unforeseen event of Teal falling off the tractor and suffering injuries that led to her death.”
The coroner told Mr David: “It must have been a terrible experience for you. I can’t think of anything worse happening to a father than what you have been through.”
After the hearing, Mr David described Teal as a “perfect, loving and caring little girl”.