Kieran Roche was returning from the beach on the back of a quad bike when the vehicle hit something on the road and swerved towards two pedestrians
A British teenager was killed on a Greek holiday when a quad bike flipped over after he was told not to wear a helmet, an inquest heard.
Kieran Roche, 19, died instantly after suffering numerous head, chest and abdominal injuries in the crash in Malia on the isle of Crete last summer.
He was riding on the back of the vehicle being ridden by pal Charlie Bridger as they returned from the beach when they hit something on the road and swerved towards two pedestrians – hitting one and clipping another.
‘DIDN’T NEED TO WEAR A HELMET’
Charlie flew over the handlebars and Kieran, of Swindon., Wilts., was thrown off in the crash on July 23 last year.
The pair had been told only the driver of each bike needed to wear a helmet, according to two friends who were on the quad bike behind, the inquest was told.
Charlie, who had to leave the room in tears, told the hearing in Swindon: “We were just taking turns on the bike and cruising around together, not going fast, then I felt the right front wheel shift.
”I don’t know what it hit but I started shouting and tried to brake but it didn’t seem to be working and we were heading straight for two people so I swerved and it flipped.”
The bike was not going more than 30mph and Mr Bridger escaped with just a few cuts to his back and neck that needed stitches.
Senior coroner David Ridley said it was “odd” that the bike had lost control so easily and been so difficult to get back onto four wheels.
He said it was “surprising” that Mr Roche’s blood vessel had ruptured and that sort of injury is more commonly found in high-speed crashes.
“I consulted a forensic pathologist who determined that this rupture could occur because of sudden deceleration or compression of the aorta against the vertebral column,” he said.
”It seems more likely that it was compression caused by being thrown off the quad bike and hitting the ground in the way Kieran did which ruptured the vessel, not the sudden deceleration.
“Not wearing a helmet was more likely than not a contributing factor to his head injuries.