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BOY, 2, KILLED AS CAR PLUNGES ONTO BEACH.

A TWO year-old boy died last night after being hit by a car when it plunged over a ledge onto a packed beach.

The silver BMW saloon crushed the child and his dad as they sunbathed at Yaverland, on the Isle of Wight, yesterday afternoon.

The boy was killed and his father was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Newport, for treatment to leg and pelvic injuries.

The car's driver, a man in his 40s from the island, was also admitted to hospital suffering from shock, and was later arrested.

Police said the BMW was in a car park near Yaverland Sailing and Boat Club, about 10ft to 12ft above the beach. It rolled over the edge and crashed onto the beach below. Last night an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the accident.

'The inquiry is at a very early stage,' said Sergeant Paul Baines, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police. 'But the driver has been arrested and will be interviewed later.

'We are hoping to trace witnesses who saw the car before the incident, or who actually saw what happened.

'The two year-old's mother is obviously traumatised by what has happened and the father has been taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.'

Cran Davies, a member of the sailing club, said the beach had been packed with sunbathers taking advantage of fine weather on the island. He said the father and his young son were likely to have been sunbathing.

'It's a very busy beach area,' he added. 'I was down here at 3pm and the car park was absolutely chock-a-block - it has been wonderful weather. Things like this put a damper on everything. It is absolutely tragic.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2004
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