May 18 2013 Latest news:
A TERRIBLE and tragic accident is how the coroner described the death of a Dagenham teenager. Jason Jones, 15, was with a group of friends in London Road, Barking, at 10pm on October 27 when tragedy struck, Walthamstow Coroner s Court heard last week.
A 'TERRIBLE and tragic accident' is how the coroner described the death of a Dagenham teenager.
Jason Jones, 15, was with a group of friends in London Road, Barking, at 10pm on October 27 when tragedy struck, Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard last week.
Jason, from Green Lane, Dagenham, was with two other boys and two girls.
A statement from a witness at the scene said that as they reached the pelican crossing opposite the Tesco Supermarket, Jason turned to his friends and said something like: 'The last one to Tescos is a rotten egg.'
At this, Jason and the two lads ran out into the road without looking, and into the path of an oncoming car.
Witnesses agreed that the boys did not press the button for the crossing, and that the traffic lights were green for road traffic at the time they attempted to cross.
Described by his father, Christopher Jones, as a boy with a sense of humour who wanted to go to college and join the Royal Engineers, Jason suffered massive head injuries.
He was treated at the scene by a passing nurse, then taken to the Royal London Hospital, where he died next day.
The pathologist gave the cause of death as massive cerebral contusion and laceration of the skull.
In a police interview the driver of the car, Padmar Sadnani, said: "I went across the roundabout, the road ahead was clear.
"All of a sudden I saw the children as I approached the crossing. They were laughing and I just thought 'Oh no, none of them are looking.'
"And then the windscreen just shattered. I have been driving for 24 years but I just couldn't avoid them."
Coroner, Dr Elizabeth Stearns said: "This was a terrible tragic accident which happened because the boys were in such high spirits and didn't check that it was safe to cross the road."
Verdict: Accidental death.
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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