Accidental death verdict after National Academy pupil killed on bike

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A Nottingham coroner said the death of Hucknall’s Jeffrey Townley, who was killed whilst riding his bike last year, was a tragic accident.

The 12 year-old National Academy pupil died three days after the accident at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre from a brain injury.

A Peugeot van, driven by Richard Fletcher, of Wighay Road, was in collision with Jeffrey as he cycled along Linby Road, Hucknall.

The coroner said the tragic accident, which happened on Thursday 6th September, couldn’t have been prevented and there was nothing anybody could have done.

Floral tributes were left at the scene at the time of the incident and tributes paid to the much-loved youngster.

Jeffrey was the second National pupil to be killed in a bike tragedy within the space of two months and the incidents left the community in shock.

Fifteen-year-old Harrison Carlin, of Buckingham Avenue, Hucknall, was killed on 1st July 2012 whilst riding along Forest Lane, Papplewick, after being in a collision with a car.

The accident involving Jeffrey happened on the stretch of Linby Road between Hucknall Leisure Centre and Church Lane.

Leading the tributes at the time was Academy principal, Dr John Edwards, who said: “Members of the National community are in mourning for their devastating loss.

“Jeffrey, a Year 8 pupil, was a popular and lively boy with a great sense of humour. He had many friends in different year groups from across the school.

“Pupils have been trying to come to terms with this tragic event. There have been special assemblies for those closest to Jeffrey and a voluntary service was held.”

A facebook tribute page was set up in Jeffrey’s honour following the accident and featured more than 600 messages on it from school friends.

Jeffrey was also well-known as a young footballer and had links with several local junior sides, latterly Hucknall Rangers.

After the two tragedies, pupils at the Annesley Road school launched a campaign to improve safety on the roads and to encourage youngsters to wear helmets.

The Put Things Right group was formed by Harrison’s two close friends Jack Chaplin and Corey Palin - supported by Hucknall entrepreneur Ben Marshall. The group ‘aims to do everything within their power to reduce the risk of more young people in our community losing their lives on local roads’.

It has been backed by Hucknall Police, the Ashfield Community Safety Partnership and the Academy and has included a fundraising ball and distribution of safety equipment to youngsters.

And Hucknall councillor Ian Morrison called on the Government to introduce new cycle and road laws and promoting safety for young cyclists.