Tycoon’s daughter, 15, crushed by buggy ‘after zig-zagging to scare her friend’

The teenage daughter of a multi-millionaire died while she was trying to “scare” her friend by zig zagging a 60mph all-terrain vehicle across a field on her father’s farm, an inquest has heard.

The tragic accident happened in July 2019 at the Goldsmith family’s 120-acre Cannwood Farm at North Brewham near Bruton, Somerset

Iris Goldsmith, 15, daughter of financier Ben Goldsmith, made a sharp right-hand turn in the Polaris Ranger “Mule” ATV and it flipped over, leaving her trapped underneath its metal roll cage.

The friend who was riding with her at the time told the coroner that Iris had driven the vehicle in the same way before in order to ”scare her”.

The girl, who is also 15 and cannot be named, said Iris has been “zig zagging across a field”.

“She had done it in the past to scare me when driving the Mule,” she added. “I’m not sure how fast we were going”.

She told the inquest: “Iris suddenly turned sharply to the right and the mule flipped on its side.”

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Both girls were trapped under the vehicle but while Iris’s friend managed to free herself the Mule’s roof was laying across Iris’s neck.

Despite the Goldsmith's gardener Nick Marsh rushing to help they were unable to lift the vehicle in time and Iris died at the scene.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, senior Somerset coroner Tony Williams said that while Iris's driving caused the Mule to overturn, “defects” on the vehicle contributed to her death.

“Iris was simply having fun with her friend when this tragic incident occurred,” he added.

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Iris's father said his daughter’s death had been caused by “an amalgamation of bad luck”.

He aded that his PA had told him that she had ridden horses and quad bikes recklessly in the past, but not the Mule.

Police collision investigator PC Sharon Little said the vehicle’s tyres were under-inflated and there were other defects which could well have played a part in the accident.

Speaking at Iris’s funeral, Mr Goldsmith’s ex-wife Kate Rothschild said that her daughter was “life-giving and free and fun and wild – but she also worked harder than any girl I've ever known and she cared, she cared so much about living her best life".

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