Driver Never Saw Little Tot As He Slowly Backed Out Of Driveway - William Walter Ball Killed Before Eyes Of Mother Who Was Too Far Away To Save Him - In full view of his mother, not close enough to save him, William Walter Ball, 17-month-old son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Norman Ball, Grimsby Centre, was killed instantly last Friday afternoon when run over by a heavy delivery truck in the driveway of his own home.
Paul McLean, 19, of R.R. 1, Grimsby, driver of the truck, owned by Growers' Cold Storage and Ice Co., had just made a delivery of ice to the Ball home and was proceeding slowly out of the driveway when he heard the mother scream and felt a bump at the same time.
He found the child lying behind the rear right wheel which had apparently passed over his head. So far as police were able to learn, the little fellow had run out beside the truck as it started up and had apparently fallen under the wheel.
Dr. J.H. MacMillan, Grimsby, sped to the scene but was unable to give any assistance. Dr. H.D. Latham, coroner, of Beamsville, after conferring with E.H. Lancaster, K.C., Lincoln County Crown attorney, said that no inquest would be held. Provincial Constables Gordon Collins, D'Arcy Garrett and E.G. Hope investigated.
Born at west Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Grimsby, on March 9, 1947, the child is survived by his parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Ball, Grassies, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stevens, Armdale, N.S.
Remains rested at the Merritt Funeral Home, Smithville, where funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery, Grimsby.