November 28, 2012 1:00AM
WELL-known jockey Scott Galloway and his partner Lisa are grappling with the death of their toddler son in a freak car accident in a Gold Coast garage yesterday.
Charlie Galloway, 18 months, was playing in the garage of a house at Hope Island when he was struck by a Range Rover 4WD about 9am when the woman who lives there drove in after dropping her own children at school.
Mr Galloway and his partner Ms Cuddihy, who live at Benowa, were visiting the Hope Island family after attending the weekend wedding of trainer Brian Smith.
Inspector Geoff Palmer said the driver screamed frantically to Mr Galloway and Ms Cuddihy, who were inside the house and they attempted to revive their son until paramedics arrived.
However, the boy was declared dead at the scene.
A devastated Mr Galloway yesterday spoke briefly of his shock, as friends described a man who lived for his children.
“You never expect something like this to happen,” he said.
Close friend and fellow jockey Joe Bowditch said Mr Galloway was devastated by the accident.
“I spoke with him earlier and he was just distraught . . . it’s just bloody tragic,” Bowditch said. “Scott is a proud dad who lived for his kids.
Scott Galloway winning the Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben on Hume in May this year.
“He loved them to bits. He was always telling me how good they were going.
“I’m a father myself and I cried all morning. I had a lot to do with the little fella (Charlie) since he was born last year.
“This is probably the worst thing that could ever happen in your life.”
Mr Galloway has another son, William, aged about four, and an 11-year-old stepson, Jarred.
Mr Bowditch said the racing community would rally around the bereaved family.
“There are already moves to set up a fund to help him and Lisa,” he said.
“Money’s probably the last thing on his mind at the moment but he’s probably going to need an extended break from racing to deal with his grief and the bills don’t stop.
“I’ve been speaking to a few of the boys (fellow jockeys) and we’ll look after him.”
Insp Palmer said it was a “tragic time” for everyone.
“It’s a traumatic event and we will be looking at counselling for everyone who attended the scene,” he said.
“The forensic crash unit are speaking with all parties involved as well as the parents of the child involved.”
Two older children were also in the house at the time and all have been offered counselling, Insp Palmer said.
The family is well known in racing circles. Lisa Cuddihy is the daughter of former leading jockey Peter Cuddihy.
Mr Galloway has won multiple Gold Coast premierships and regularly races in Brisbane.
Yesterday his manager Glen Courtney said his eight rides across the next few days had been cancelled.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how he appears to the world = CO = 36 = Crushed to death.
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