A Hermes delivery driver accidentally killed a three-year-old girl when he reversed his van and did not notice her in his blind spot.

The Mercedes Sprinter van hit Milliee-Ann Rae McKellar as she was playing near her grandmother’s house in Calne, Wiltshire, on March 3, 2021.

The driver had parked his van partly on the pavement in the dead-end street to drop off some parcels and looked at his mirrors and the rear camera before moving backwards.

However, Milliee was out of sight and got crushed by the front and back wheels on the left side of the van, causing fatal injuries that she succumbed to shortly after.

The coroner’s court in Swindon learned that the three-year-old had a severe fracture at the base of her skull with broken pieces on both sides.

The mum claimed she was watching her daughter through the spaces in the fence while she was at a neighbour’s house.

She said to the police that Milliee was on the pavement when the van hit her.

However, police sergeant Jonathan Brooks, who was part of the forensic collision investigation team, said he thought she would have been in the road at the moment of collision.

PS Brooks said he ‘used his judgement’ but said the mum’s perspective ‘would have made it hard, in his view, to locate her precisely’.

Wiltshire Police had already stated that the driver would not face any charges for the incident.

A spokesperson said: ‘We have finished our investigation into the collision in Calne that sadly resulted in the death of a three-year-old girl.

‘Specialist officers have carried out a comprehensive investigation and sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided that the driver of the van involved will not face any action.

‘We have told the parents of the young girl and our thoughts are with them at this time.’

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