A young boy has died after falling off a mini motorbike and crashing into a metal pole.
Lennox Railton-Craggs, 4, died after jumping onto the front of his cousin’s mini-motorcycle and pulling a lever to make it accelerate rapidly.
His cousin was just learning how to ride the 50cc Yamaha and when Lennox visited his cousin’s house he was keen to try it.
Lennox was told he had to wear protective gear on the bike and ride in the back under his cousin’s supervision.
Instead, without protective gear, he jumped forward and told his older cousin to ride in the back.
The inquest at Durham and Darlington Crown Court heard Lennox fall while driving and fell onto uneven ground near his home in Eldon Lane, Bishop Auckland.
The family then rushed to the scene to resuscitate Lennox, a student at Prince Bishops Community School in Coundon Grange, before the ambulance arrived.
Ambulance crews arrived at 1pm on Sunday 23 January this year and Lennox was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.
Medics attempted emergency surgery and operated on his chest. But upon arrival at the hospital, Lennox was in cardiac arrest. He died shortly thereafter.
Detective Inspector Leanne Green, the investigating officer, said during the hearing: “Lennox was described as a young boy who liked motorcycles and quads.
“He had been quad biking with his family the day before.
“His parents said he was excited about the new bike and immediately asked if he could “try” it.
“He was told that he had to wait until the right time and that he had to wear his protective gear.”
The hearing heard Lennox’s older cousin wanting to go forward so she could control the revs, but Lennox managed to get forward due to his strength.
DI Green continued, “It just looks like a mini motorcycle, but it’s made for kids so it’s quite small. Her father supervised her, she learned to ride a bike.”
She said: “Both parents and [the other youngster] Describe him as very excited to see the bike and initially asked if he could try it.
“Mum and Dad describe telling Lennox he had to wait – he could go on but he had to wear his PPE which Granny left in the kitchen.
“Lennox pushed her and headbutted her in the stomach to get forward.
“He sort of wound himself between her arms. Although he was four and his cousin seven, he is described as very strong and she as very slight.’
At the time, Lennox’s mother, Rachel, was packing pacifiers because they were going to his grandma’s for lunch on Sunday.
Rachel shouted at Lennox to get off the mini motorbike.
Added DI Green, “He pulled the lever to make it go faster and it took off.
“His father Michael was alerted and ran after the motorcycle.
‘He drove diagonally onto the asphalt.
“When the bike went over a small bump, you could see that the rear wheel wobbled.
“Michael described seeing Lennox get off his bike and hit the vertical metal post.”
Lennox started crying when the accident happened, but when he was brought back to the house by his family, his screams turned into “moans” as he slowly started to change color.
Michael tried to put Lennox down, who had two older twin sisters and two younger brothers, but his legs gave way.
The Home Office pathologist, Dr. Nigel Cooper, the cause of death was bleeding and abdominal injuries.
A post-mortem found the accident had caused a fatal rupture in the boy’s liver, which in turn caused internal bleeding.
The Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Leslie Hamilton concluded that Lennox had died as a result of the accident.
“Despite all the perfectly reasonable and absolutely heroic efforts made to save his life, none of it succeeded,” said Dr. Hamilton.
“The reality is that nothing would make a difference.
“In terms of a conclusion as a coroner, no one intended this to happen.
“It’s something that happened quickly and spontaneously before it could be prevented.”
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