14-year-old cyclist died after collision in Leeds: Inquest opens after death of Charlie Fox

A TEENAGER who was cycling with two friends suffered a fatal head injury when he was struck by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction on a road in Leeds, an inquest opening heard.

Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 10:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 11:04 am
Charlie Fox

Charlie Fox, 14, and two 15-year-old boys he was cycling with were hit by a van on Bullerthorpe Lane at Colton last month.

Assistant Coroner Jonathan Leach told the inquest opening at Wakefield Coroner's Court: "At around 7.20pm on Monday October 22, the deceased with two friends was cycling along

Bullerthorpe Lane from Colton towards Oulton when a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction struck the deceased."

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Mr Leach said Charlie, from Seacroft, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead at 11.30pm that night.

The inquest opening was told a post mortem was carried out and preliminary results showed Charlie died of a head injury due to a road traffic collision.

Mr Leach adjourned the inquest pending the outcome of further enquiries.

One of the injured 15-year-old boys was treated in hospital for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The other 15-year-old boy suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the van, a 28-year-old man from Castleford, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has since been released under investigation..

Police said they believed the van, a white Mercedes Sprinter that was heading towards Colton, had been overtaking a white Volkswagen Polo at the time of the crash, with the two vehicles also colliding.

Both vehicles and drivers remained at the scene.

It is the second death of a teenager on Bullerthorpe Lane in three years. Amelia Hope Wake, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Rothwell, died in 2016 after being struck by a car as she tried to

cross the road.