‘I ran over my 15-month-old son without noticing’ says English father
Jamie Ellison said the guilt will live with him forever after he accidentally backed his car into his toddler, leaving him badly hurt
Published 13/09/2015 | 17:00
A FATHER whose young son was run over by a car has spoken of his horror and guilt after finding out that he was the accidental culprit.
Jamie Ellison backed into 15-month-old AJ on his driveway in Cheltenham in England when taking his young daughters to school on Friday.
According to Mr Ellison, he didn’t see or hear the collision, and the first he knew of it was when his girlfriend told him the child had been found at the side of the road with serious injuries.
Police began investigating the incident, the circumstances of which they described as a “mystery” and Mr Ellison issued an appeal for information "to help find who did this to my little man".
However, when officers obtained CCTV footage, it became clear what had really happened.
The Gloucestershire Echo newspaper reported the incident, and in a post on the newspaper’s Facebook page, Mr Ellison later wrote: “Yes it was me. I just didn't see him or feel a bump. So imagine how I feel right now to be told that I accidentally ran over my own son. Think about that. That guilt will be with me forever.”
He explained that the toddler had been at the window of their home in Hester’s Way, Cheltenham, waving goodbye as he strapped his two daughters into the car.
He began reversing out of the drive, not spotting that AJ had left the house and was on his blind side. His girlfriend later contacted him to say AJ had been hurt, and he rushed to the scene.
“Of course, I'm assuming it's a hit and run as I had no idea I reversed into my son on the blind side,” wrote Mr Ellison.
He said “amazing police men and women” found CCTV footage a few hours later which explained the circumstances of the collision, which he described as “a horrible tragedy".
Mr Ellison wrote: “Could you imagine what I felt like then knowing I nearly killed my own son completely unaware that I was responsible?”
AJ was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but has since been released, and according to his father, is recovering well.
Gloucestershire police said in a statement: “After conducting enquiries, it has been established that the boy was involved in a collision on a private driveway, with a vehicle being driven by a close family member.
“The collision is not being treated as suspicious and no further action will be taken against the driver of the vehicle at this time.”