Teen’s death was an accident

A TEENAGER died after his moped collided with an oncoming car, an inquest heard this week.

Oliver Corby-Eaglen, 17, of The Green, St Leonards, had just left High Spirits convenience store in London Road, St Leonards on September 1 last year when tragedy struck.

He was on the way to meet his friend Chaunce Campbell, who had gone on ahead on his moped and was waiting for him at the junction of Sedlescombe Road South and The Green.

The inquest on Tuesday (April 8) at Hastings Magistrates Court heard the accident happened at around 9.40pm.

Oliver, a student at Sussex Coast College, sustained serious head injuries, including broken ribs and other internal injuries.

He was taken to the Conquest Hospital then transferred to Hurstwood Park neurological unit in Haywards Heath where he died on September 4.

The inquest heard that Oliver’s blue Piaggio moped collided with a silver Ford Mondeo being driven by Aziz Warzir.

The teenager was trying to cross London Road to go into Springfield Valley Road when the accident happened.

Mr Warzir, who lives in Dover, Kent, said he was on the way to Eastbourne with friend Jayaprabha Elango after visiting Hastings to get a new fuse for her car.

He said: “As I was driving along the road all of a sudden there was a slam. It hit the driver’s door and I stopped the car.”

Mr Warzir said the force of the impact meant he was unable to open the car door initially and as he braked hard the airbags were released.

He added he saw a ‘flash of light’ immediately before the crash but did not know what it was until after the accident happened.

Chaunce said: “Oli and I went into High Spirits to buy some food. I left and went off on my bike up Springfield Valley Road thinking he would catch up. I waited at The Green but went back down to see where he was.

“I saw him in the road with the moped on its side. People were around him.”

Police and paramedics were called to the scene before Oliver was taken to hospital.

PC Roland Watmore, crash investigations officer for Sussex Police, said: “The Ford Mondeo was braking at the point of impact and was within normal parameters.”

In delivering his conclusion, coroner Alan Craze saod Oliver died as a result of a road traffic accident.