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Crawley schoolboy yelled moments before fatal collision
A schoolboy shouted “Oh my God” just before he was fatally hit by a 4x4 as he crossed a road to play rugby.
William Avery-Wright, 13, yelled out moments before he was hit by a Land Rover Defender outside Worth School in Turners Hill, near Crawley.
The sporty teenager was pronounced dead from multiple injuries shortly after the incident on November 30, 2011.
The inquest at Crawley Town Hall was yesterday told William was the only child of insurance broker Christopher and housewife Lisa Avery-Wright, of Crowborough.
Mrs Avery-Wright previously revealed to The Argus how his father found out about William's death after the school 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, 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”.
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 granddaughter 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.
The boy who was with William when he was struck described in a statement to police how he “froze” and the crash had left him feeling a sense of “disbelief”.
He told how they were going to play a school rugby match which required them crossing a road, and they were running late.
The boy mentioned to William that his sock was down.
He told police: “I was looking at my shoe and then after two seconds, I looked up at Will. He was on the pavement.”
Alan Mitchell, a teacher at Worth School who had overall responsibility for the games department, faced questions about the school's policy on safe road crossing for pupils.
Under the school’s rules, he said students in years seven and eight had to have adult supervision when crossing the road.
William was in year eight.
The case continues and a verdict is expected on Tuesday.
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