Tragedy of five-year-old boy hit by neighbour’s car

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Police are still investigating the tragic death of a five-year-old boy who was hit by his neighbour’s car in a communal driveway.

Smiling Riley Ferguson was playing happily with another child just outside his home when the neighbour drove 
in.

The car collided with the boy causing horrific head injuries, an inquest has confirmed.

The St Bernadette’s Catholic School pupil was rushed to John Radcliffe hospital. He died four days later at a hospice after life support treatment was withdrawn.

This week the tiny cul-de-sac in Woodspring Court, Monkston, was in shock and mourning. “It’s the worst situation imaginable and words cannot describe the sympathy and grief we feel for the Riley’s family,” said one resident.

Fellow pupils at St Bernadette’s are also in shock and being comforted by teachers.

Riley has been described as “a little boy full of brightness” by his headteacher Maxine Clew, whose pupils had spent days praying that he would survive.

Last Friday’s inquest described how the youngster had been playing early on Sunday afternoon in the driveway shared by three terraced houses.

He was just a few metres away from his own house.

Coroner’s officer Sonia Brooks said: “A neighbour driving a Vauxhall Insignia entered the driveway and unfortunately collided with Riley.”

She added: “Unfortunately the brain injury was so devastating there was no chance of recovery.”

A police spokesman said this week: “We can confirm this investigation is still ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.”

Meanwhile ward councillor Vanessa McPake has extended her sympathy to Riley’s parents.

“My heart goes out to the family. As someone who has experienced the loss of a young child myself many years ago, I can only imagine the anguish they are going through.”