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U.K. Toddler Dies In Car Accident in the BVI; Family Heartbroken

BVI toddler killed in ax

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A British lawyer and his wife have been left heartbroken after their young daughter was killed in a tragic accident while outside a nursery with her mother.

Ellie Perkins died when the family car rolled backwards down a hill near a children’s nursery and struck her in the Virgin Islands.

“We will never get over this.”

Grandmother Jill Hale

The incident happened the day before the child’s second birthday on March 9.

She had been behind the car with her mother at the time when it struck her.

Ellie was rushed to Peebles hospital but later died from severe head injuries.

Her baby brother Freddie who was in the car was miraculously unhurt.

Her parents, private equity lawyer Daniel, 32, and Caroline, 33, had moved to the Islands two years ago when he joined legal firm Maples and Calder after leaving Taylor and Wessing in London.

Mrs Perkins mother Jill Hale said: “We are all dumbfounded. We cannot believe it.

“We will never get over this. It is the ultimate. It is something one has to get through I suppose but I do not know how.

“This does not happen to very many people thankfully and you do not really expect it to happen to your own family.

“My daughter was there and she did everything she could. They (the parents) are lost.”
“It is a terrible tragedy.”

Julian Jones, chairman of Dummer Parish Council
Mrs Hale added: “The terrain over there is an accident waiting to happen. Everything is on a hill. It is frightening to drive there.”

Her parents have flown her body home to Hampshire and her funeral is due to take place in Dummer, near Basingstoke, where the family lived before they moved abroad.

Julian Jones, chairman of Dummer Parish Council, said: “It is a terrible tragedy – there is no question about it. When they were here they were well liked and had many friends. It is extremely sad.”

An inquest in Basingstoke has been opened and adjourned into her death.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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