Inquest into 17-year-old's death

A 17-YEAR-OLD died from multiple skull fractures when his car left a Somerset road two weeks after he passed his driving test.

A 17-YEAR-OLD died from multiple skull fractures when his car left a Somerset road two weeks after he passed his driving test.

Liam Rockliffe's life was cut short last April when his Honda crashed off the B3134.

The youngster, who lived in Hilliers Lane, Churchill, was going around a right hand bend when his vehicle left the road, crashed into a fence and ended up in some trees.

An inquest into the circumstances surrounding the youngster's death was held last week.


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Coroner Paul Forrest said Liam had suffered a traumatic brain injury and no drugs or alcohol had been found in his blood.

Sergeant Smalley, of Avon and Somerset's collision investigation unit, said Liam had stopped at Brockley Coombe with friends in the evening and then he went on ahead with the others following behind before he crashed.

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He said: "There is no evidence to suggest Liam was going faster than the 60mph speed limit.

"Someone travelling on the road in the opposite direction said he saw the Honda leave the carriageway at a relatively shallow angle.

"A realistic explanation would be that Liam had lost control and inexperience could have contributed to that."

Paul Forrest recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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