Aaliyah Sedley-Jones died after her family car’s locks and engine tripped automatically and it rolled down a hill
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Aaliyah Sedley-Jones was alone in the family car when she decided to start the engine (Photo: Avon and Somerset Constabulary / SWNS)
A 17-year-old girl died in front of her father when their family car’s locks and handbrake were automatically deployed and it flew down a hill.
Aaliyah Sedley-Jones, known as Lily, was alone in the vehicle when she decided to start the engine “for an unknown reason,” an inquest has learned.
This released the automatic handbrake and despite her father Benjamin Jones’ desperate efforts to open the doors, he was unable to stop the Citroen.
The car locked automatically due to the speed at which it was rolling and Mr Jones watched in horror as the vehicle hit a wall and overturned.
Death ruled an ‘accident’
According to an inquest, Lily died in the crash at Spring Hill, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset on January 5.
Mr Jones said at the hearing on Monday (15 August) that he saw his daughter in the driver’s seat and heard her start the engine BBC reports.
The coroner was told the doors of a Citroen C4 will lock automatically when the car reaches a speed of 6mph.
The teenager’s father told the inquest: “I couldn’t hold it any longer.
“I have no idea why Lily got in the driver’s seat and tried to drive the car.”
The rolling vehicle hit a grass verge, followed by a wall and a lamppost before tipping over on the 17-year-old.
Neighbors, family members and paramedics tried desperately to save her, but Lily tragically died at the scene just before 9 p.m.
Police told the inquest that Lily had not previously driven the car and only held a provisional driver’s license.
No defects were found in the vehicle and coroner Maria Voisin ruled the death an “accident”, citing brain injuries as the cause of death.
“Taken Too Soon”
At the time of her death, Lily’s mother said in a statement: “Lily, you were taken when your life began and you were so excited for everything you had to look forward to.
“You made the most of every single day of your life. You were my best friend, a breath of fresh air and you lit up every room you walked in.
“You were so scared of losing someone you love and the only consolation I have is that at least now you never have to go through the pain that everyone who knows you is feeling right now.
“You really were too perfect for this cruel world and the time when I can be with you again can’t come soon enough.
“Your four brothers and all your family and friends will keep your memory alive as long as we are all alive.
“We will never stop talking about you because you were the most caring, considerate, loving, fun and beautiful girl and the time we had with you will be treasured forever.
“Taken from us at our worst age of just 17 in a sudden tragic accident that will haunt us forever.
“We were proud of you every moment of every day and we love you more than you could ever imagine my beautiful Lily.”