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Wirral falling branch killed pregnant driver’s baby

Wirral falling branch killed pregnant driver's baby
Damaged carImage copyright Liverpool Coroner’s Court
Image caption The massive branch smashed by means of the car’s windscreen

The “complete failure” of a council to examine for harmful bushes contributed to the dying of a new child baby killed by a falling branch, an inquest heard.

Elizabeth Stear, who was 36 weeks pregnant, was driving on Arrowe Park Road, Wirral, when a branch smashed by means of the windscreen, hitting her within the stomach.

Her daughter Lucia died regardless of being delivered by emergency Caesarean.

Wirral Borough Council mentioned it had now carried out adjustments.

Mrs Stear was trapped inside her Audi A4 and couldn’t really feel her baby transfer after a big branch fell from a horse chestnut tree inside Arrowe Country Park, Liverpool Coroner’s Court was advised.

She was rescued by the emergency providers and was taken by ambulance to the main trauma centre at Aintree Hospital the place she had emergency surgical procedure.

The baby was delivered with no indicators of life and was transferred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Despite the efforts of medical employees to resuscitate her she was pronounced lifeless a short while later, the inquest heard.

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Image caption Elizabeth Stear was driving alongside Arrowe Park Road when the bough of a Horse Chestnut tree fell onto her car

Senior Coroner Andre Rebello concluded Lucia died because of an accident however mentioned plenty of failures by Wirral Borough Council contributed to her dying.

He mentioned there was a “complete lack of risk management for trees at risk of falling on to highways.” and the council had no coverage in place for tree administration.

There had been no formal inspection of bushes in Arrowe Park for 13 years beforehand, the listening to was advised.

‘Missed alternatives’

Inadequate steps had additionally been taken to analyze a beech tree that fell into Arrowe Park Road in January 2015, and rectify errors that had been made, the inquest heard.

“There were missed opportunities to prevent further serious incidents, despite staff concerns and a near-miss event taking place,” mentioned Mr Rebello.

“There was a systemic lack of accountability and poor communication within and between departments in Wirral Borough Council,” he mentioned.

Councillor Julie McManus, from Wirral Borough Council, mentioned points discovered because of the investigation following Lucia’s dying had led to “substantial investment by the council”.

She mentioned whereas “there are no words that could make things any better for the family”, enhancements and adjustments have already been made.

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