Car crushes man after 7-yr-old son accidentally releases handbrake

A 48-year-old NRI IT consultant was crushed to death by his own car after his seven-year-old son accidentally released the handbrake while looking for sweets, an inquest into the six-month-old incident has heard.

According to a report, Pratik Pandya tried to stop the car containing his boy rolling away when he was killed on his driveway.

He suffered abdominal injuries and a deep cut to his left leg when the VW Touran pinned him against a wall outside the family home in west London.

Pandya died two days later in hospital after three operations to try to stop internal bleeding. He was preparing to go shopping with his son and his accountant wife when tragedy struck on May 5 this year.

According to the report, Pandya spotted the car rolling away as he went inside the semi-detached house to collect something, and rushed outside to try to stop it.

His young son had accidentally released the handbrake while looking for sweets. He was taken to West Middlesex University Hospital around 45 minutes after the crash after complaining of back and arm pain. He died two days later. 

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