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Bronson Williams killed by garbage truck riding his bike in Launceston as coroner delivers findings

Tragic twist in death of Australian boy who died after being hit by a garbage truck on his bike: ‘An unspeakable tragedy’

  • Bronson Williams, 4, died after being hit by a garbage truck outside his home
  • Family said Bronson was trying on his new school uniform before the accident
  • Coroner ruled driver was unable to see Bronson on his small bike

A four-year-old boy who died after being hit by a garbage truck while on his bike tried on his new school uniform just before he was murdered.

Bronson Williams was beaten in the street outside his home in Launceston, Tasmania, at 12:15 p.m. on January 27 last year.

An inquest on Thursday ruled that the driver was unable to see Bronson, who was riding a small bicycle on the road and sidewalk around the truck, before being hit.

Bronson Williams (pictured) died in January last year after a garbage truck collided with him while he was riding his bicycle outside his Tasmanian home.

Bronson Williams (pictured) died in January last year after a garbage truck collided with him while he was riding his bicycle outside his Tasmanian home.

Coroner Simon Cooper said alcohol, drugs, speed, inattention, road conditions and weather did not contribute to the crash.

‘(Bronson) wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. A helmet wouldn’t have saved him, though,” Cooper wrote.

“I offer my sincere condolences to (the boy’s) family and loved ones. His death is an unspeakable tragedy.’

“The driver of the truck was extremely shaken, Tasmania Police Inspector Ruth Orr told reporters on the day of the incident.

“This is the most confrontational (scene) I’ve witnessed in 25 years.”

Bronson’s older sister Jaime Denman said her “little angel boy” was trying on his school uniform 30 minutes before he was killed.

“We had just taken him to school to get his new clothes that he had tried on just 30 minutes before the terrible accident happened,” Ms Denman wrote in a Facebook post.

“He was so excited to go to big school with his brother and sister.

“Bronson was very smart and had a bubbly personality and he was much loved by his siblings.”

Bronson’s mother Belinda Bannister and other members of his family were at home at the time of the accident.

“Of all of life’s special gifts, however big or small, having you as our son was the greatest gift of all,” Ms Bannister wrote in a tribute on Facebook.

‘A special time, a special face, a special son, we cannot replace. With pain in our hearts we whisper softly, we miss you Bronson and love you.’

‘RIP our baby boy love forever and never forget. We will keep you in our hearts until the end.’

A coroner's report found that alcohol, drugs, speed, inattention, road conditions and weather did not contribute to the crash and that the driver was unable to see Bronson (pictured) on his bike

A coroner’s report found that alcohol, drugs, speed, inattention, road conditions and weather did not contribute to the crash and that the driver was unable to see Bronson (pictured) on his bike

Mr Cooper acknowledged the professionalism of the first responders and described the police investigation as thorough.

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