Inquest opens into death of tragic South Tyneside four-year-old Ava Henderson

Ava's funeral procession last year.
Ava's funeral procession last year.

A final inquest date has been set for a four-year-old who died after she was struck by a vehicle.

A final inquest date has been set for a four-year-old who died after she was struck by a vehicle.

Flowers left at the scene of the accident.

Flowers left at the scene of the accident.

Ava Henderson, of Inverness Road on Jarrow's Scotch Estate, was knocked down just before 7.30pm on Friday, May 27, last year as the spring bank holiday got under way.

The collision happened in Amos Ayre Place, on the Simonside industrial estate, just off Newcastle Road.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Newcastle Royal Infirmary but could not be saved.

This morning, coroner Karen Dilks opened her inquest at Newcastle Civic Centre.

She told the short hearing: "I have all the information I now need.

"The investigation has now concluded and I am able to proceed to list this inquest for conclusion at this court."

She adjourned the next hearing until 10am on Tuesday, April 18.

Mrs Dilks said Ava's death was confirmed on arrival at hospital after a road traffic collision, but no further details were given.

Her funeral was held on Friday, June 10, at South Shields Crematorium and saw hundreds of people line John Reid Road as they paid their respects to Ava.

Mourners wore pink in celebration of the Monkton Nursery School pupil's life, with balloons released as her horse-drawn cortege passed.