Sydney boy’s nanny breaks down at inquest

The nanny who was taking care of six-year-old Ryan Leo when he was fatally struck by a car has broken down at his inquest, saying she told him to “wait”.


Saiyun Shan put her head in her arms and broke into inconsolable sobs as she described pulling up opposite the six-year-old’s taekwondo school in Hurstville in Sydney’s south on July 28 last year.

“When I stopped there, Ryan just opened the door and I said to Ryan, wait. I said `don’t run, don’t run’,”

Ms Shan told Glebe Coroner’s Court on Tuesday that after Ryan got out, she also got out of the car when another vehicle drove past very close to her.

“I went around and I couldn’t see Ryan and I could hear a bang,” she said through an interpreter.

“The vehicle kept driving ahead and I could see Ryan on the road so I ran up. I was shocked.”

The next moment, she said she was yelling at a man to “hurry, hurry, call the ambulance and help save Ryan”.

Turning her back to the gallery and putting her head in her hands, Ms Shan cried: “I really wanted to grab hold of his hands but he was running too fast and I wasn’t able to do so”.

The inquest has previously heard Ryan had just been dropped off when he began crossing the road to get to his martial arts class.

He was struck by the other vehicle moments after passing the front of the car Ms Shan had been driving.

He suffered severe head and chest injuries and was taken to St George Hospital where he died two hours later.

The inquest has heard there is no evidence the driver was distracted, had inadequate sleep or was using her mobile phone in the moments before collision.

Ryan’s taekwondo instructor Incheol Yoo told the inquest that if they ever saw a child trying to cross the road towards their school they would scream out for them to wait for an adult.

He said parking on the road became difficult in the years before Ryan was hit because of a nearby construction site.

In the months before Ryan’s death, Mr Yoo said he wrote to Hurstville City Council complaining that parents were unable to pick up and drop off their children safely.

The inquest continues.