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  • Kaden Gowers, 13, and a friend were alone listening to music in a car 
  • Macclesfield inquest heard he was sitting in driver's seat and let handbrake off
  • He slipped, fell and the car rolled over him as he tried to stop it rolling away
  • His mother said he was 'the man of the house' after his father died 

By Harvey Day For Mailonline

Published: 14:07 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 14:11 EDT, 20 March 2017

Kaden Gowers was crushed to death after releasing a car's handbrake and falling under the vehicle as it rolled away Kaden Gowers was crushed to death after releasing a car's handbrake and falling under the vehicle as it rolled away

Kaden Gowers was crushed to death after releasing a car's handbrake and falling under the vehicle as it rolled away

A teenage boy was crushed to death after releasing a car's handbrake and falling under the vehicle as it rolled away.

Kaden Gowers, 13, and a friend were alone listening to music in the car while they waited for her mum to finish work as a community support worker, an inquest at Macclesfield Town Hall heard.

But Kaden, who was sitting in the driver's seat, let the handbrake off.

The Vauxhall Zafira, which belonged to his friend's mum, started to roll backwards down the hill and they jumped out, running to the back to try to push it from behind.

The girl had tried to push Kaden clear but, tragically, he slipped and fell into the road and the car rolled over him, the inquest heard.

Kaden became trapped between the car and the kerb.  It had rolled to below the junction of St Austell Avenue and Fowey Close and was half on the kerb. 

His 15-year-old friend made a distressed and panicked 999 call and paramedics attended but were unable to revive Kaden. 

He died at the scene from his injuries.

In a moving statement, Kaden's mother, Kerry Jennings, revealed that since his father had died Kaden had 'stepped into the mantle of being the man of the house'.

Coroner Jean Harkin concluded Kaden's cause of death was acute asphyxia due to crush injuries.

She said he died through misadventure.

The scene where the 13-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car in Macclesfield The scene where the 13-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car in Macclesfield

The scene where the 13-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car in Macclesfield

She said: 'This is a very sad and tragic death of a young man.

'His friend confirmed that Kaden let the handbrake off. He exited the car, the car started to move backwards and he fell over trying to stop the vehicle from behind.

'He became trapped and suffered crush injuries and was unconscious when paramedics arrived. Kaden released the handbrake which was a purposeful act which went on to cause his death, an act that went terribly wrong.'

She thanked Ms Jennings for her bravery and said she hoped she had some answers at the inquest.

The inquest heard the car and its brakes were in a serviceable condition.

Kaden's friend said she pushed Kaden away from the car to try to save him.

In a statement Ms Jennings said Kaden, who was born in Salford and a pupil at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, was a 'thoughtful' young man In a statement Ms Jennings said Kaden, who was born in Salford and a pupil at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, was a 'thoughtful' young man

In a statement Ms Jennings said Kaden, who was born in Salford and a pupil at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, was a 'thoughtful' young man

Police forensic officers carried out a reconstruction and confirmed she would not have been able to push him away completely and that he slipped and fell.

In a statement Ms Jennings said Kaden, who was born in Salford and a pupil at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, was a 'thoughtful' young man. 

She said: 'He stepped into the mantle of being the man of the house after his father's death.'

At the time of the tragedy, Angela Bowker, head of student services at Wright Robinson College in Gorton, said: 'We are sorry to hear about the tragic accident that has resulted in the death of Kaden.

'He was a pupil from September 2014 before leaving us this July to start at All Hallows. 

'Kaden was a very popular student who will be deeply missed by both staff and students. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family at this time.'

Police forensic officers carried out a reconstruction and confirmed she would not have been able to push him away completely and that he slipped and fell Police forensic officers carried out a reconstruction and confirmed she would not have been able to push him away completely and that he slipped and fell

Police forensic officers carried out a reconstruction and confirmed she would not have been able to push him away completely and that he slipped and fell


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