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Moped rider killed in lorry crash

PUBLISHED: 17:01 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 23 August 2010

THE death of a teenager who was killed after his moped collided with a lorry was a tragic accident , an inquest heard on Tuesday. Jamie Gooda, 17, of Wilberforce Way, Gravesend, was hit by a lorry while riding his Peugeot moped along the A2 near Singlew

THE death of a teenager who was killed after his moped collided with a lorry was a 'tragic accident', an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Jamie Gooda, 17, of Wilberforce Way, Gravesend, was hit by a lorry while riding his Peugeot moped along the A2 near Singlewell at about 10.30pm on June 13 last year.

Ambulance crews were called to the scene, but the youngster died of severe head injuries after being taken to Darent Valley Hospital.

Dean Cripps, 19, of Watermill Way, Dartford, was driving to Ashford when he saw Jamie's moped join the A2 from a side road. He says he saw Gooda constantly changing lanes and performing wheelies.

Speaking at Dartford Coroners Court, he said: "He was obviously driving a bit erratically, going on to the fast lane and then back again. He was going in and out of other cars.

"There was a lorry and I didn't know what happened but he went close to the lorry and it clipped him. I just saw a spark."

Investigating officer Kevin Story, of Kent Police says it is unclear how the lorry, which was being driven by German HGV driver Stephanie Wesemann, 39, came into contact with Gooda.

Ms Wesemann said: "I didn't hear the collision but I saw sparks flying and saw the motorbike sliding along the motorway at the back."

Recording a verdict of accidental death Coroner Alan Blunsdon said: "The only conclusion for this collision and the fatality which resulted is that it was a tragic accident.

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