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Crash victim Ryan Noakes, 18, from Sudbury, was not wearing his seat belt and had disabled the ABS system on his car, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 15:13 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:13 17 November 2014

Ryan Noakes, left of centre, cooking a meal at school for Playford Court residents

Ryan Noakes, left of centre, cooking a meal at school for Playford Court residents

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A teenager killed in a road accident in Sudbury was driving above the speed limit and too close to the car in front when he lost control of his modified vehicle, an inquest has heard.

Ryan Noakes, of Cats Lane, Sudbury, was just 18 when he died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on April 22 this year - 13 days after the single-vehicle crash on the A134 Springlands Way.

The inquest, which was held in Bury St Edmunds today, heard Ryan had made modifications to his black Vauxhall Astra including removing a fuse which had disabled the anti-lock braking (ABS) system.

Pc Andy Fossey, forensic collision investigator, said due to the ABS system being disabled the rear wheels of the Astra locked up as Ryan braked heavily to avoid hitting the BMW in front, driven by his friend Thomas Hinds.

Pc Fossey said there was no suggestion the two friends were racing each other, as they headed in the direction of Long Melford, “however the evidence would suggest there may have been some degree of competitive driving”.

Ryan, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle as it collided with the post of a roundabout sign. He died from head and chest injuries.

Pc Fossey said: “It is my considered opinion that the most plausible explanation for this collision is that Mr Noakes was a young, relatively inexperienced driver.

“He failed to anticipate or recognise the risks of driving in excess of the speed limit, too close to the vehicle in front and with a disabled ABS system.”

Assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said: “My conclusion is Ryan Noakes died of a road traffic collision.”

3 comments

  • So very sad for Ryan's parents and friends. RIP

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    G C

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • But it explains why he died.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • What a truly appalling piece of so-called journalism!

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    old anglian

    Monday, November 17, 2014

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