Driver Kyle Warren passed test just weeks before triple fatal crash in Pulham Market

From left, Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market.

From left, Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market. Picture: WARREN, O'NEILL AND HINES FAMILIES - Credit: WARREN, O'NEILL AND HINES FAMILI

A Suffolk teenage driver killed in a crash that also claimed the lives of his two passengers had passed his driving test just a fortnight earlier, an inquest has heard.

The three teenage boys were in a black Ford Ka which crashed off a Tivetshall Road in Pulham Market, on a bend, hit a tree and caught fire on April 5 last year.

Farmhand Kyle Warren, 17, from Harleston in Suffolk, was driving the car and his passengers were 16-year-old student Billy Hines, from Magpie Green near Wortham in Suffolk and Dominic O’Neill, 18, from Pulham Market.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene on April 6 last year.

Norfolk area coroner Yvonne Blake said they died of multiple injuries and had to be identified by dental records.

An inquest in Norwich heard Kyle had passed his driving test on March 23 last year.

Kyle had a passion for banger racing and had won several trophies, his family said in an earlier tribute.

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Ms Blake said: “Although Kyle had only passed his test recently, he had been driving vehicles and stock car racing for many years. He just didn’t have much experience on public roads.”

Ms Blake concluded the three boys died as the result of a road traffic collision.

“The three young men were in a Ford Ka driven by Kyle which left the road and collided with a tree,” said Ms Blake.

“All three were declared dead at the scene.”

She said there were no witnesses to the crash itself, but someone passing by soon after saw the car on fire and described it as becoming “engulfed” in flames within 30 seconds.

Ms Blake said police believed the car was “going too fast for the curve and caused it to swing around and then it left the road”.

None of the boys tested positive for alcohol but Kyle had cocaine and MDMA in his bloodstream, Ms Blake said.

She said it had not been possible to determine the level of the drugs in his system and whether it may have contributed to the crash.

A police report determined that the most likely cause of the collision was “excess speed, lack of experience and the manner of driving combined with the possibility Mr Warren’s ability to drive was impaired by the cocaine and MDMA he had consumed”.

Ms Blake concluded that all three boys died as the result of a road traffic collision, adding: “I’ve no evidence any drugs (Kyle) had taken contributed to the accident itself.”

Dominic’s mother described her son as a “beautiful, much-loved person”.

Billy was described in a tribute as a “funny, loving, caring, hard-working boy” who loved motorbikes and cars.

Kyle’s family described him as a “very cheeky chappie, who always had a wonderful smile on his face”.

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