Boy, 6, knocked down and killed at caravan park


By Kevin Duguid and Kirsty Topping

A SIX year old boy has died after he was knocked down by a car outside a Scottish caravan park.

The child was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa outside the entrance to the Seton Sands Holiday Village, East Lothian.

It was understood the boy from Glasgow had dropped a playing card and was hit after he went into the road to retrieve it.

Ambulance crews were scrambled to the scene, but despite their efforts the boy succumbed to his injuries.

The collision happened at around 1.30pm today.

Holiday maker William Millar, 46, from Inverness, was one of the first on the scene.

He said: “I looked out and then saw the wee kid lying there so I ran over and tried to do what I could to resuscitate him.

“One woman was doing compressions and I was doing the breaths but it was no good, he was already gone.

“It’s not a nice thing to have happen while you are on holiday.”

Other eyewitnesses to the aftermath of the crash said a woman, believed to be the boy’s grandmother, could be seen sitting on the pavement looking “upset”.

One witness said two men were in the car but one had run off following the collision.

She said: “Someone said they’d got a grey haired man but another younger one ran off. We don’t know which one was driving.”

It is understood the boy was staying at the park with his grandmother, siblings and small cousins while his parents were at home in Glasgow.

The road outside the caravan park was closed in both directions while investigations took place.

Flowers and toys were tied to the railings near the crash site.

The driver of the Corsa is helping officers with their inquiries.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them. In particular, officers want to speak to the driver of a white van that was seen travelling towards Longniddry around the time of the collision.

Inspector David Milne, who is leading the investigation into the crash said:

“It is tragic that a six-year-old boy has been knocked down and killed on the road directly outside Seton Sands caravan park.

“We understand that the young boy was trying to retrieve an item from the road at the time he was struck by a Vauxhall Corsa that was travelling from Longniddry towards Port Seton.

“The driver stopped at the scene and is being interviewed.

“The six year old victim was on holiday at the caravan park and he was from the Glasgow area.

“We are particularly appealing for the driver of a white van, either a male or female driver, we don’t know, who was travelling east, who may have witnessed the collision to come forward to let us know what they have seen.”

Inspector Milne added: “We have a number of people who witnessed the collision. Investigators will try and reconstruct exactly what happened.”

Holidaymakers at the caravan park called the ambulance immediately after the collision.

A spokesman for Seton Sands said:

“This is a terrible, terrible tragedy and has greatly affected all guests and staff. We are now doing everything we can to assist the family. “