Inquest told Leeds teen Kate Whalley suffered serious brain injury after being struck by car

Wakefield Coroner's Court
Wakefield Coroner's Court

A teenager who died after being struck by a car suffered a severe brain injury, an inquest has been told.

Kate Whalley was fatally injured following the collision on June 22, 2017.

An inquest into the 18-year-old's death, which began last June, resumed at Wakefield Coroner's Court this morning.

Coroner Kevin McLoughlin said a person had been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and adjourned the case until the conclusion of legal proceedings.

Kieran McGowan, 23, of Knox Way, Harrogate is due to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to the charge last month.

The inquest hearing heard that on June 22 last year, a black ford fiesta, travelling on the A660 Leeds Road, towards Bramhope, lost control and hit a wall and lamppost.

It rebounded back to carriageway, landing upside down, and "at some point" collided with pedestrian Kate, the inquest was told.

She died two days later on June 24. A provisional post-mortem report said the cause of her death was due to a severe traumatic brain injury and a road traffic collision.

Kate's father Michael Whalley has previously said that his daughter had just caught a bus home after sitting her penultimate A level exam at Harrogate Grammar School.

He said she donated nine organs to give life to others.

Paying tribute in the days after her death, he said: “I think it’s wonderful. It just shows the spirit and zest for life that Kate had that she wanted to give life to others.

“It expresses the selfless character she was and what a beautiful young woman she was. She had the most beautiful smile. She was an intelligent, confident, beautiful young woman in every way."