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Inquest hears of last moments of Crowborough teen fatally hit by car
12:20pm Monday 8th July 2013 in News
An inquest has been told of a public schoolboy's last words before he was fatally hit by a 4x4 as he crossed a road to play rugby.
William Avery-Wright, 13, shouted "Oh my God" in front of a friend just before he was struck by a Land Rover Defender outside his school.
The sporty teenager, who played golf at county level, was pronounced dead from multiple injuries at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, Surrey, on November 30 2011.
The inquest at Crawley Town Hall heard that William was the only child of insurance broker Christopher and housewife Lisa Avery-Wright, of Crowborough
Mrs Avery-Wright has previously revealed how his father found out about William's death after his school, Worth School, near Turners Hill, Crawley, posted an announcement online.
She has said that as Mr Avery-Wright was being driven by police to hospital after being told his son had been injured, he received messages of condolence via text and email on his mobile phone from people who had read about his death on the school's website.
The Roman Catholic school, which also sent out emails informing parents of William's death, has previously said it published the information in "good faith" but its initial belief that both his parents had been told about the tragedy turned out to be "incorrect".
Today the inquest heard from Graham Voller, the driver of the Land Rover which struck William, who said he was driving at around 40mph in a 60mph zone with his grand-daughter with him at the time of the incident.
He said: "I got to a short distance of the crossing and through the side window I just saw someone on the side of the road. I only saw one (person).
"And then the young lad just arrived in front of the Land Rover. Just as the boy hit the Land Rover I did an emergency stop. I had little time to react.
"When I stopped, I got out of the Land Rover and looked to see the boy, and got straight on to the mobile phone."
Mr Voller will not face criminal charges over the crash, which happened on a road he said he travelled on up to 15 times a day.
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