Inquest into boy's death will look at ride-on mower racing

THE "growing sport of ride-on lawn mower racing" will be scrutinised in an inquest into the death of a 12-year-old Gympie boy on Wednesday.

Brisbane coroner John Lock will investigate how Jake Garrett-Pratt lost control of a modified ride-on lawn mower down a steep hill on a rural property in 2012.

Central issues will include the age and experience level of the child whose parents allowed him to drive the ride-on mower.

Mr Lock is expected to look at the lessons learned from lawn mower racing as a sport and whether current Australian Standard guidelines for ride-on mowers are adequate.

The adequacy of the modifications and maintenance will also be assessed.

Counsel assisting the coroner Peter De Waard will make submissions on the case while Sunshine Coast lawyer Peter Boyce will make submissions for the boy's mother and stepfather.

Mr Lock is expected to then hand down his findings on Friday.


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