Witnesses describe attempt to save trapped baby

WITNESSES have spoken of the desperate attempts to save a baby who died after being trapped beneath a 4x4.

The Toyota hit 15-month-old Finlay Woods before crashing into the railings of Selwyn Primary School, in Cavendish Road, Highams Park.

Katie Gutierruez-Perez, 39, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving and driving without insurance.

Witnesses, many of whom had gathered to pick up their children from the primary school, described the horrifying aftermath of the tragic accident.

People rushed to the car in a desperate attempt to free the baby, who was acccompanied by his mother and grandmother when disaster struck.

Another mother at the school, Meryam Mustafa, of Aldriche Way, said: "I saw the mother sitting on a bench crying and bleeding from her head.

"Then I saw a baby inside a pram under a car. She was crying for him, she was screaming and asking what had happened to him."

"There were maybe ten men trying to lift the car. Everyone was crying and praying."

The toddler arrived by air ambulance at Whipps Cross Hospital at 4.12pm yesterday (Thursday) in a serious condition but died soon after.

His mother was waiting for her other son to come out of the school at the time of the accident.

Shocked parents this morning described the Woods family, who had four children, as well-liked and well-respected.

"The family is well-known, they are lovely," said one, who did not want to give her name. A father of a child at the school added: "I can't imagine what it's going to be like for them, coming to school on a Friday and you're missing one."

Mrs Mustafa, whose son used to be in the same class as Finlay's brother, added: "I feel very angry and sad. He was a happy baby.

"I would see him with his mum every day. One minute later and it could've been my son."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "It is believed the vehicle mounted the kerb and then crashed into the baby."

As well as the air ambulances, two ambulances, two fast response cars and fire crews were sent to the scene.

An inquest is likely to open and adjourn today.

The driver had been trying to stop her car being towed away when the accident happened.

A council spokesman said that council contractors in the area, Redcorn, had picked up that her car was illegal on its automatic number plate recognition system.

To be picked up the car needed to be on the road without tax or insurance.

He said: "It was illegal and should not have been on the road."

The woman jumped into the car and drove round the corner hitting several other cars along the way.

Witnesses are urged to call the Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 8345 4905.

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9:40pm Thu 18 Sep 08

princess29 says...

where is the speed humps that was going to be put in 7 years ago when the top of selwyn rd got them as a child be to killed like this to get them now and need another crossing of some sort for the kids that side to get a cross safely
where is the speed humps that was going to be put in 7 years ago when the top of selwyn rd got them as a child be to killed like this to get them now and need another crossing of some sort for the kids that side to get a cross safely princess29
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1:07am Fri 19 Sep 08

e4rudeboy says...

princess your so right not a single speed pump on the road, r hearts sunk when i saw that child that innocent beatiful child's life has been cut short, our thoughts are with he's family at this very terrible time, my kids go to the same school and we are all deeply shocked and saddens,,when i saw the child ,, my heart got crushed and the pain hasnt lightened yet, where all so emotional and finding it hard to contain,,today we lost an angle and the heavens have gained an angle,,rest in peace dear child
princess your so right not a single speed pump on the road, r hearts sunk when i saw that child that innocent beatiful child's life has been cut short, our thoughts are with he's family at this very terrible time, my kids go to the same school and we are all deeply shocked and saddens,,when i saw the child ,, my heart got crushed and the pain hasnt lightened yet, where all so emotional and finding it hard to contain,,today we lost an angle and the heavens have gained an angle,,rest in peace dear child e4rudeboy
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1:08am Fri 19 Sep 08

e4rudeboy says...

princess your so right not a single speed pump on the road, r hearts sunk when i saw that child that innocent beatiful child's life has been cut short, our thoughts are with he's family at this very terrible time, my kids go to the same school and we are all deeply shocked and saddens,,when i saw the child ,, my heart got crushed and the pain hasnt lightened yet, where all so emotional and finding it hard to contain,,today we lost an angle and the heavens have gained an angle,,rest in peace dear child
princess your so right not a single speed pump on the road, r hearts sunk when i saw that child that innocent beatiful child's life has been cut short, our thoughts are with he's family at this very terrible time, my kids go to the same school and we are all deeply shocked and saddens,,when i saw the child ,, my heart got crushed and the pain hasnt lightened yet, where all so emotional and finding it hard to contain,,today we lost an angle and the heavens have gained an angle,,rest in peace dear child e4rudeboy
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10:21am Fri 19 Sep 08

JuliaM says...

From the BBC: "Police said the woman was being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs."

Speed humps are unlikely to have helped in this case. Nor speed cameras, either.

Shame, since that's all this useless government are prepared to consider, when it comes to road safety.
From the BBC: "Police said the woman was being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs." Speed humps are unlikely to have helped in this case. Nor speed cameras, either. Shame, since that's all this useless government are prepared to consider, when it comes to road safety. JuliaM
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11:35am Fri 19 Sep 08

SteveC1964 says...

Why do people drive those huge, heavy 4x4 trucks in London? It's completely unnecessary and clearly dangerous.
Why do people drive those huge, heavy 4x4 trucks in London? It's completely unnecessary and clearly dangerous. SteveC1964
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1:22pm Fri 19 Sep 08

aislinghenson says...

RIP

Heaven has gained another angel
RIP Heaven has gained another angel aislinghenson
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4:39pm Fri 19 Sep 08

exE4-er says...

I was truly saddened to hear this story. What a waste. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time and I hope that justice will prevail.
I was truly saddened to hear this story. What a waste. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time and I hope that justice will prevail. exE4-er
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12:46am Sat 20 Sep 08

cjp116 says...

This is an absolute tragedy and I am distressed to be a resident of the road on which it happened. However, I think the immediate leap to "this road needs speed humps" is a little futile.

We are, apparently, looking here at a drunk driver of an illegal vehicle trying to avoid any form of justice. There is actually nothing to suggest the vehicle was necessarily even trvelling that fast, and even if it was, most 4x4's have no trouble with speed humps.

This tragedy is as the result of a totally irresponsible driver believing that they don't need to insure their vehicle, believing that it's ok to drive after a drink and believing they are far better behind the wheel of a car than they actually are. Dangerous Driving realistically means less than 5 years in prison, probably closer to 2 with good behaviour. Manslaughter seems so much more appropriate to me.
This is an absolute tragedy and I am distressed to be a resident of the road on which it happened. However, I think the immediate leap to "this road needs speed humps" is a little futile. We are, apparently, looking here at a drunk driver of an illegal vehicle trying to avoid any form of justice. There is actually nothing to suggest the vehicle was necessarily even trvelling that fast, and even if it was, most 4x4's have no trouble with speed humps. This tragedy is as the result of a totally irresponsible driver believing that they don't need to insure their vehicle, believing that it's ok to drive after a drink and believing they are far better behind the wheel of a car than they actually are. Dangerous Driving realistically means less than 5 years in prison, probably closer to 2 with good behaviour. Manslaughter seems so much more appropriate to me. cjp116
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9:57am Sat 20 Sep 08

KateDavies says...

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.

Do not stand at my grave and mourn.
I am the dew-flecked grass at dawn.
Where tranquil oceans meet the land
I am the footprints in the sand
To guide you through the weary day.
I am still here; I'll always stay.

When you wake up to morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.


Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain. Do not stand at my grave and mourn. I am the dew-flecked grass at dawn. Where tranquil oceans meet the land I am the footprints in the sand To guide you through the weary day. I am still here; I'll always stay. When you wake up to morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die. KateDavies
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1:26pm Sun 21 Sep 08

Walthamster says...

I wasn't going to comment on this sad story, feeling other people had said it all. But I cannot let Movedaway's shocking comment pass.
Drink-driving is never a "mistake". You make the choice to drink while you're still sober. You know the car's outside and you know you will later get into it after you've been drinking.
And if anyone's having a bad financial time, sell the unnecessary 4x4 vehicle!
I wasn't going to comment on this sad story, feeling other people had said it all. But I cannot let Movedaway's shocking comment pass. Drink-driving is never a "mistake". You make the choice to drink while you're still sober. You know the car's outside and you know you will later get into it after you've been drinking. And if anyone's having a bad financial time, sell the unnecessary 4x4 vehicle! Walthamster
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