Daughter of millionaire Ben Goldsmith, 15, died in tragic accident after kart overturned on family farm with friend
BEN Goldsmith’s 15-year-old daughter has died in a tragic accident while driving a farm vehicle, an investigation has found.
Iris Goldsmith was “zigzagging” across a field when she was thrown from the all-terrain vehicle known as The Mule, which overturned on her millionaire father’s farm.
The coroner heard that Iris was pinned to the ground by the neck and could not be released until staff from Cannwood Farm in North Brewham, Somerset rushed to help him.
The six-passenger Polaris Ranger was eventually lifted from her, but she was unconscious and had stopped breathing.
After 45 minutes of medical treatment and CPR, she was pronounced dead.
His 15-year-old best friend, who cannot be named, suffered minor injuries in the tragedy.
‘FORCE OF NATURE’
Neither Iris nor her boyfriend were wearing seat belts at the time and were thrown from the vehicle and landed under her roof.
In a statement read to the inquest, Mr Goldsmith described his daughter as a “force of nature” and said “no one could have stopped her from doing what she wanted to do”.
He described the tragedy as an “amalgam of bad luck” but said she used to drive the vehicle around 13 or 14 and had never seen her do so irresponsibly.
Coroner Tony Williams recorded an accidental death verdict after hearing the two teens were on their way to pick up another friend from a nearby farm at around 3 p.m. on July 8, 2019, when the tragedy occurred.
Subsequent examinations of the vehicle showed it had low front brake pads, worn lower wishbone bushes and underinflated tires.
A collision investigator told the inquest that it was a combination of a sharp right turn, vehicle faults and failure to use safety equipment that resulted in his death.
I feel like what happened to my daughter was an amalgam of bad luck
No criminal charges have been laid in relation to the circumstances of Iris’s death and HSE has dropped its investigation as the incident occurred during leisure use.
Mr Williams said: “I think it’s fair to say that the various faults of the Polaris Ranger, taken in isolation, would not have caused the vehicle to overturn.
“It was Iris’ driving that caused this and the faults contributed to the instability of the vehicle.
“As we know, Iris was probably having fun with her friend when this tragic incident happened.”
TRAGEDY ON THE FARM
A pathologist at Yeovil Hospital concluded that the cause of his death was pressure on the neck, which caused the veins to become blocked and led to cardiac arrest.
Mr. Williams added: âIris Goldsmith was driving a left-hand drive Polaris Ranger with very low front brake pads, worn lower wishbone bushings and under-inflated tires.
“Iris Goldsmith was not wearing a seat belt and caused a brutal maneuver with her right hand which destabilized the vehicle, causing it to lose control, causing the vehicle to spin to the right side and trapping Iris Goldsmith, which caused her fatal injuries. “
In a written statement, Ben Goldsmith said he taught Iris to drive on private land, including at Cannwood Farm, from the age of eight, calling the sequence of events leading to her death a “incredibly unfair”.
He added: âIt is as if what happened to my daughter was an amalgam of bad luck.
âThe Mule was not used by anyone on Monday, which was unusual, and it turned out to be bad luck.
âThe ground was very hard as we just came out of a two month dry spell so maybe the wheels skid which was bad luck too.
âAlso, Iris may have made the decision to get out of the vehicle while it was driving, which may have contributed to her death. Perhaps if she had been standing inside, she wouldn’t. would not have been killed.
“The way the vehicle fell on her was unlucky, and there was no one else around who could help her.
“It’s hard for me to blame anyone other than Iris for what happened.”
In his statement, Ben said Iris stayed there with a friend during their school vacation, but went to play cricket in Surrey.