Teen died in quad bike crash

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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.

Eighteen-year-old 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.

On Monday an inquest heard how Mr Kenneth, originally from Maidenhead but who had moved to Suffolk to work as a gamekeeper, 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 died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Lyssa Gooding, who had been with Mr Kenneth at the Three Tuns pub in Cowlinge a short time earlier was the first at the scene of the accident. She said he had been drinking at the pub before going with friends to see a band and fireworks at Wickhambrook village hall, and later had returned to the Three Tuns.

Suffolk Police accident investigator, PC Jeff Cribb, said 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 it appeared that Mr Kenneth had lost control of it.

Dr Sharpstone recorded a verdict that Mr Kenneth died as a result of a road traffic accident.