Girl, 4, crushed to death after garden wall collapses on her

May 7, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A four-year-old girl was crushed to death after a garden wall – believed to have been partially demolished by her father – fell on her.

Surranna Stonestreet  died under weight of the falling debris just yards from where her father Karl was working.

More than a hundred people had today paid tribute to little Surranna who died following the tragedy at the family home in Haycombe Drive, Bath, at 4pm on Friday.

Surranna’s devastated mother Nicola paid tribute to her little daughter on a Facebook page called “Nicola & Surranna Stonestreet.”


Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed officers were called to the scene and that the matter has now been passed on to Avon Coroners.

Detective Sergeant Peter Knight, from Bath police, said: “This incident has now been investigated. It appears to have been a tragic accident with no suspicious circumstances.”

A spokesman for Avon Coroner’s Court said an inquest into the girl’s death was likely to be opened later this week.

Dad Karl was knocking down a 6ft-tall breeze block wall when it collapsed on his four-year-old daughter, a witness said.

Neighbour Ken Marks said: “I was there about two minutes after the tragedy. I heard the screams and came running.

“Karl was knocking down an old shed wall, massive it was. Six-foot by six-foot, at least. He hit it with a sledgehammer and then all of a sudden she popped her head round.

“She came from nowhere, and it all came tumbling down on her. She had no chance. Karl is devastated – he has no idea she was there until it was too late.”

An emergency service operator gave mum Nicola instructions as they waited five minutes for the ambulance to appear – but her injuries were too severe.

Neighbour Ken, a retired builder, added: “It was hell for the whole family. For all of us here on the estate.

“We’re all devastated to be honest. The family are so gutted. It was such a traumatic experience, we’re devastated. You can’t put it into words.”

Nicola and Karl were too upset to talk yesterday and asked to be left to grieve in peace.

A neighbour of Surranna confirmed the toddler’s father Karl was demolishing a breeze block wall in his garden when she died.

The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “Karl was out working in the garden, knocking down a wall.

“I don’t know if it was a wall or maybe an old greenhouse foundations or something, but he was doing work.

“I went out about 4pm, and when I came back a couple of hours later, the garden was filled with people – they looked like police.”

The neighbour added that since the tragedy she has seen Karl getting rid of the remains of the wall.

She said: “On Monday Karl and a couple of others moved all the breeze blocks to a pile at the bottom of the garden – I got the impression they just wanted rid of them.”

Surranna lived with her parents and three brothers and sisters in a semi-detached house in a quiet suburban estate – where their garden has a trampoline and two garages.

The neighbour said: “She was a lovely sweet girl, it was such a tragedy. She was a tiny, cute blonde girl with big eyes and always smiling.

“Surranna and her sister used to ride their bikes down the path and crash into a fence, laughing and playing.

“I can’t believe what happened – you read about it on the news but would never expect a tragedy like this to happen near you.

“It’s such a shame, she seemed like such a lovely little girl.”

An ambulance crew and paramedics arrived at the tragic scene to find Surranna unconscious and not breathing.

They carried out CPR but she had suffered a cardiac arrest and she was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Staff were standing by to receive her but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Another neighbour said: “It was a great tragedy, such a terrible shame. I don’t know how the family are coping, I don’t know how I would cope. It is such a shame.”

The grieving parents were not at home yesterday (Tues) afternoon but Nicola’s mother Lorraine was there looking after the children.

She was too upset to comment.

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