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Girl aged four killed in sat-nav error crash

A four-year-old girl died in a car crash when a sat-nav wrongly directed her parents, an inquest heard.

"Little princess" Ariana Bardhaj was killed when an Audi A5 travelling at 45mph crashed into her parents' car.

Fernando and Trish Bardhaj, from Blackpool, Lancashire, were driving along the A6 in Blackrod, near Bolton, on September 11 last year.

Learner driver Mr Bardhaj, 30, had just taken over the driving from his wife.

Their two children, Ariana and her younger brother, Xhemil, were in the back of the family's white Vauxhall Astra when it collided with the Audi.

The speed limit on the A6 is 60mph.

There is no right turn from the A6 on to Station Road where the crash happened, Bolton Coroner's Court heard, and there are clear signs at the traffic lights and before the junction.

But Mr and Mrs Bardhaj told police they did not see any signs.

Sergeant Garry Lyle, the incident investigator, said: "They were following a sat-nav and it told them to turn right.

"There's plenty of signage there saying 'No right turn'. The sat-nav said turn right and they followed that and didn't follow the signs."

Sgt Lyle said he returned to the scene with a similar sat-nav and it also told him to turn right.

But the inquest heard that the sat-nav carried a warning telling motorists to follow road signs and restrictions.

The inquest heard that the Audi hit the back passenger door and Ariana took the full force of the impact.

She died in the Royal Bolton Hospital three hours after the accident.

Her 18-month-old brother and Mrs Bardhaj were also injured.

Giving a narrative verdict, Assistant Deputy Coroner Peter Watson said: "The deceased died from a severe head and spinal injury sustained while she was a passenger in a motor vehicle involved in a road traffic collision."