A teenager who was fatally injured when his quad bike crashed into a tree at Cowlinge had more than two and a half times the legal drink-drive limit of alcohol in his blood, an inquest has heard.
Rory Kenneth, 18, was on his way home at 3am when the crash happened at the junction of Queen Street and Newmarket Road on November 9. Today (Monday) an inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard how Mr Kenneth, originally from Maidenhead but who had moved to Suffolk after gaining gamekeeping qualifications, was thrown from the quad bike as it careered for 30 metres across the green and struck a tree.
Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said Mr Kenneth, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries and was declared dead when he was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
The first person to come upon the scene of the accident was Lyssa Gooding who had been with Mr Kenneth at the Three Tuns pub in Cowlinge a short time earlier.
In a statement she said that the previous evening Mr Kenneth had been drinking at the pub before going with friends to see a band and fireworks at Wickhambrook village hall, later returning to the Three Tuns.
Unable to get a mobile phone signal, Ms Gooding had to drive back to the pub to call for help, said Dr Sharpstone.
A post mortem examination confirmed that Mr Kenneth had died as a result of severe and traumatic head injuries.
Tests showed that he had more than two and a half times the legal drink drive limit of alcohol in his blood.
Suffolk Police accident investigator PC Jeff Cribb said in a statement that the quad bike being ridden by Mr Kenneth was not legally suitable for use on public roads and was not insured for that use.
PC Cribb said the most plausible explanation for the crash was that Mr Kenneth had failed to maintain adequate control of the quad bike.
Dr Sharpstone recorded a conclusion that Mr Kenneth died as a result of a road traffic accident.