Essex

Dead moped rider Cameron Phillips had only just passed his test

A 16-year-old killed when his moped struck a lamppost had only just passed his riding test, an inquest heard.

Cameron Phillips of Tilbury was declared dead at Basildon Hospital after the accident in Brennan Road, Tilbury, on 11 March.

The inquest in Chelmsford on Tuesday heard the teenager's bike had been modified to make it more powerful.

Essex and Thurrock Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of accident death.

The inquest heard Cameron died of head injuries.

'Ride carefully'

Crash investigator PC Steve Perrett told the hearing the bike had been modified.

He said it was "possible" the 16 year old had driven over the slightly raised roundabout markings and lost control.

Speaking after the hearing, Cameron's parents Denise and Tony Phillips said they were unaware their son's moped had been modified, and believe he might not have known either.

"I just hope youngsters who are riding bikes think and ride carefully and go home to their mums and not lose their life like our son did," said Mr Phillips.

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