Girl died after bike helmet got caught on branch

Image copyright GoFundMe Image caption Freya was playing with a friend when industrial accidents happened

A four-year-old girl died after her bike helmet got caught on a branch, an inquest has heard.

Freya Thorpe “potentially slipped” as she clambered a tree after determining her bike aside while play with a friend in Upper Heyford, Bicester.

The court heard she was suspended from the limb and the helmet strap became “tight against her throat”.

Coroner Darren Salter ruled her fatality, on 8 September last year, was an accident.

Her father Christopher Thorpe told Oxford Coroner’s Court the family’s lives had been “utterly destroyed” by his daughter’s death.

He said he and his wife enjoyed her “more than life itself”.

Image copyright Google Image caption A human was committing Freya CPR when paramedics arrived at Carswell Circle in Upper Heyford

The court hear Freya had been play with another daughter of similar age near their homes when industrial accidents happened.

Elisabeth McCall, who was passing by with a child, observed Freya and dialled 999 but was unable to remove her from the tree, the court heard.

Paramedic Peter Elsmore said a man was performing CPR on her when he arrived.

The four-year-old died at the John Radcliffe Hospital two days later due to the brain injuries she sustained.

The court hear the area where the accident happened was a “popular place for younger babies to play” and was surrounded by 12 houses.

Mr Thorpe said: “I would like to thank anybody that tried to help my little girl.”

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