Boy run over by water tanker

July 20, 2017 | By More

Fernside horse trainer Philip Benjamin Burrows has admitted a Worksafe New Zealand prosecution after a 10-year-old boy apparently fell under the wheels of a water truck at a training track.

Burrows will be sentenced on September 6 in the Christchurch District Court, after a possible restorative justice meeting with the injured boy and his family.

He was remanded at large after pleading guilty. No bail was required because a fine is the only penalty listed for the charge of exposing someone to the risk of death or serious injury.

Worksafe prosecutor Heather McKenzie said the victim was at Burrows’ home on April 28 last year, playing with his son. The boys asked to come with him to a course in Fernside, near his house, where he trains horses.

They went to a stables and got into the truck and then Burrows drove it to a river to fill it with water.

The boys then rode on the back of the truck as it moved around the track at walking pace or less. They held onto the rails or rode on the platform at the back.

As he did a second lap, Burrows felt a bump and saw the boy lying on the track on his side. He had been run over by the rear wheels.

Burrows called 111 and the boy was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital where he was underwent surgery and was admitted to the intensive care unit.

He was discharged a month later after treatment for injuries including multiple fractures, a collapsed lung, and a hernia.

Miss McKenzie said the hazards of riding on the outside of a vehicle were well known.


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