Monday 20 November 2017

Grandmum run down by her son

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

AN 83-year-old grandmother died days after she was knocked down by her own son.

Nora Coleman, from Coolmine, Charleville, Co Cork, was accidentally crushed by a car driven by her son, Frank.

Cork Coroner Court heard that Mrs Coleman's son was leaving the yard of his mother's rural home when the elderly woman passed behind the car.

The accident happened on May 8, 2012, at 11.30am.

Mr Coleman told the inquest that he didn't know his mother was behind his car.

"I sat into the car to go up the farm to tend to cattle – I felt a thud and stopped immediately.I went around and saw my mother sitting on the ground," he said.


She instantly said that the accident was "her own fault" and that she had heard the car coming but thought she could "make it".

Mr Coleman and his nephew Sean drove her to Dr Tom Molloy, who then called an ambulance.She suffered a fracture to her left arm, her pelvis and leg.

Doctors fought to save Mrs Coleman's life, but there was serious concern for her condition. She pulled through surgery, but suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on May 15, 2012.

Dr Myra Cullinane recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Irish Independent

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