Inquest into child’s deathset down to start tomorrow

A coronial inquest into the death of Gisborne girl Carla Neems begins tomorrow, with the family hoping it will result in safety changes across New Zealand.

Six-year-old Carla Neems died as a result of a collision with a rubbish truck outside her family’s Russell Street home, as she arrived home from school about 3pm on May 2, 2017.

The driver of a Waste Management recycling truck involved in the collision was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing following a judge-alone trial in Gisborne District Court in November.

An earlier WorkSafe report made three recommendations — that stickers informing people drivers sit on the left-hand side be placed on the vehicles; a driver education programme be introduced; and NZTA stickers be relocated so as to increase visibility.

The family has set up a Givealittle page to help pay legal expenses related to the coronial inquest, with the intention of making sensors mandatory on all waste trucks operating in New Zealand.

So far more than $5000 has been raised through the Givealittle page.

The inquest is set down to take place at Gisborne District Court.

A coronial inquest into the death of Gisborne girl Carla Neems begins tomorrow, with the family hoping it will result in safety changes across New Zealand.

Six-year-old Carla Neems died as a result of a collision with a rubbish truck outside her family’s Russell Street home, as she arrived home from school about 3pm on May 2, 2017.

The driver of a Waste Management recycling truck involved in the collision was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing following a judge-alone trial in Gisborne District Court in November.

An earlier WorkSafe report made three recommendations — that stickers informing people drivers sit on the left-hand side be placed on the vehicles; a driver education programme be introduced; and NZTA stickers be relocated so as to increase visibility.

The family has set up a Givealittle page to help pay legal expenses related to the coronial inquest, with the intention of making sensors mandatory on all waste trucks operating in New Zealand.

So far more than $5000 has been raised through the Givealittle page.

The inquest is set down to take place at Gisborne District Court.

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