Boy aged five is crushed to death by the family car after it rolls down driveway
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Harry Patterson was playing with his brother after school when his parents' empty car suddenly rolled down the steep slope of their driveway
A boy of five was killed in a freak accident as he played outside his home.
Harry Patterson died when the vehicle rolled backwards down the sloping drive while his horrified brother Dylan, seven, looked on.
It is feared that Harry opened the car door while playing and accidentally released the handbrake.
He jumped out but was crushed against a garden wall.
Dylan was in the porch at the front of the house and shouted to their actress mother Michelle: ‘The car’s moving.’
She raced out and raised the alarm, and Harry was taken by air ambulance to hospital. But there he was pronounced dead with serious head injuries.
Yesterday his father Christian, 39, who is also an actor and was in Edinburgh touring an award winning play at the time of the accident, fought back tears as he paid tribute to his son.
Clutching a picture of Harry, he said: ‘Harry was a real individual in the truest sense of the word. I think he would have grown up to be anything he wanted to be. He wanted to be a chef and I’m sure he would have achieved that.
‘He was a very happy child and when he did some school work recently he was asked to write down if there was anything that concerned him. He wrote down: “Nothing”.
Clutching a family picture of his son, John Christian Patterson stands on the driveway where the terrible accident happened
Mr Patterson had launched an urgent appeal via Twitter on hearing of his son’s accident, writing: ‘I have a dire emergency – I know this is a long shot but does anyone know anyone in Edinburgh who could drive me to Cardiff?’
Harry and Dylan were playing in the drive of their three-bedroom detached house at about 5.45pm on Tuesday when the accident happened.
Police were yesterday investigating the accident in the village of Alltwen, near Pontardawe, South Wales.
The family’s silver Seat was parked behind their red Nissan Micra, which was standing on a flat base at the top of the 20ft drive.
The Seat has been taken away for examination.
Close brothers: Harry (front) pictured with his brother Dylan, seven, who was playing with him when the accident happened
One neighbour said: ‘It seems as if Harry took off the handbrake somehow while he was in the car. The car started to move backwards and he jumped out but was crushed by it. It is a terrible tragedy.’
Next-door neighbour Arwen Llewellyn said: ‘The little boy must have jumped out of the car but was injured very badly to his head.
‘I saw him lying on the ground with ambulance men working on him.
‘Harry was a great little lad, very mischievous and wicked in the best possible sense.
‘He used to stick his tongue out at me but it was always for a laugh and with a smile. He and Dylan were very close.’
Harry's mother Michelle Patterson is the voice of Nib (left) in the BBC CBeebies TV show Bobinogs
And another neighbour, David Jones, 67, said: ‘It is a terrible tragedy. They are such a lovely family and they are devastated.
‘They’ve lived next door to us for years and we’ve seen the little boys grow up. It is very, very upsetting.’
Mrs Patterson, 39, has acted in a several BBC radio and TV productions and provided the voice of Nib in the CBeebies’ programme Bobinogs.
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