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Unborn baby died after tree branch fell and crushed pregnant woman’s Audi

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Heavily pregnant woman loses baby after falling tree crushes Audi
The Audi A4 that was destroyed within the tragic accident (Picture: equipped)

A pregnant lady about to present start misplaced her baby daughter when the branch from a diseased tree fell and crushed her.

Liz Stear’s Audi A4 was flattened by the large horse chestnut branch which smashed by means of her windscreen and thudded into her stomach.

Her baby, named Lucia, was born in hospital after the incident on 10 November, 2016, however solely survived for 15 hours.

She suffered a number of organ failure and died at 1.11am a day later, on 11 November 2016, an inquest final week heard.

Liz was hit by the falling tree branch as she drove alongside Arrowe Park Road, in Wirral, Merseyside.

At Lucia’s inquest, a jury heard how Wirral Borough Council did nothing to handle an earlier tree fall in 2015 which could have prevented the tragedy.

The court docket discovered Lucia died on account of an ‘accident’ which was contributed by the council ‘not having a proactive, robust, tree management system in place for Parks and Countryside up to November 2016’.

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A grief-stricken mum has told an inquest of the devastating moment a huge tree fell onto her car and ultimately killed her baby after the impact prompted an emergency C-section. Liz Stear was 36 weeks pregnant when a large horse chestnut branch toppled onto her Audi A4 in Wirral, Merseyside, smashing through the windscreen and thudding into her abdomen. Caption: Police on Arrowe Park Road in Wirral, Merseyside, where a tree fell on a pregnant woman's car on November 10, 2016
Police on the scene after the accident on Arrowe Park Road in Wirral, Merseyside, on 10 November, 2016 (Picture: Echo)

The inquest verdict learn: ‘There was a whole failure to have a coverage in place for tree administration in Parks and Countryside, and a whole lack of danger administration for timber prone to falling onto highways.

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‘There had been no formal inspection of trees in Arrowe Park for 13 years previously.’

The horse chestnut tree that fell on Liz’s car was contaminated with ‘bleeding canker’ which might have been evident for the previous 4 years, the inquest heard.

The jury discovered: ‘There was inadequate training of Parks and Countryside staff with regard to tree management and identifying tree hazards, there was no programme of mandatory, ongoing training and there was no arboricultural officer employed by Wirrral Borough Council since 2003.’

It added: ‘There was a systemic lack of accountability and poor communication within and between departments in Wirral Borough Council.’

The council stated enhancements and adjustments have since been made on account of the tragedy.

Councillor Julie McManus advised the Liverpool Echo: ‘On behalf of Wirral Council, I wish to specific my sincerest sympathies to Mr and Mrs Stear and all their household on account of the tragic dying of Lucia in November 2016.

‘Echoing the feedback from the coroner on the finish of the inquest listening to, I do know there are not any phrases that might make issues any higher for the household.

‘The issues that have been found as a result of the investigation that followed Lucia’s dying have led to substantial funding by Wirral Council and detailed actions being recognized because of this.

‘Improvements and changes have already been made and will continue to be implemented.’

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The Health and Safety Executive are investigating the baby’s dying and stated the council may face a prison prosecution following the results of the inquest.

Earlier throughout the inquest, mum-of-three Liz described how she felt a ‘niggly period-type pain’ when she was being handled within the ambulance after the incident.

She repeatedly requested to be taken to Arrowe Park Hospital, which was simply yards away from the place the accident occurred.

Liz, whose two different youngsters have been within the car with her on the time, was as an alternative taken to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, some 30 minutes away.

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