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February 23, 2021

Boy, 16, dies just 30 minutes after buying a new bike

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Archie Brown tragically died after his new motorcycle crashed into a barrier.

Archie Brown, 16, of Bransholme, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, lost his life after his new pit bike hit a barrier just 30 minutes after purchasing it.

The boy collided with the Castlehill Road barrier on April 11, 2020, during the afternoon. In a few weeks, Brown would have celebrated his 17th birthday. The boy suffered severe damage to his head.

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During the investigation that followed the incident, it was indicated that the young man received a severe blow to the head and that he died at the scene of the accident, according to Hull Coroner's Court.

Brown had bought that bike from another 14-year-old boy earlier that afternoon a few minutes before suffering the fatal crash. The seller, who had only had the bike for two or three weeks, received £ 250 from Brown.

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INCIDENT WITNESSES

On the day of the incident, after buying the bike, the boy was on his way to meet some friends on Castlehill Road. Some people who saw him go by in the vehicle reported seeing him wearing a helmet.

A woman who was at the scene riding a bicycle with her daughter said she saw him go by in the opposite direction, perhaps 30 mph, as he approached the barrier. They indicated that the noise of the motorcycle made them aware of his presence.

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THE BARRIER

The woman said the boy was approaching the barrier at about 30mph and that she hoped he had seen it and stopped or at least passed under it. The driver was wearing a helmet and was driving in the middle of the track.

A man with his two children and his dog who was at the scene said that he saw the young man approaching on the bike and that the boy was wearing a helmet. He also said that when looking at the boy he put his feet down as he approached the barrier and shouted.

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FATAL DAMAGES

Their post-mortem examination showed that Brown sustained severe head injuries when hitting the barrier. The friend who accompanied him to buy the bike was walking back to Castlehill Road to meet him and other friends.

A person who witnessed the incident tipped them off saying that Brown was unconscious. Friends ran to see him, but when they reached the place he did not dare to approach and look at him.

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DANGEROUS CONDITION

The court received information that Brown did not operate the bike in a dangerous manner and that he had full control of the bike. However, they also informed him that a bike in perfect condition would need 29 meters to stop at that speed.

The bike Brown was riding was in a dangerous condition and unfit to ride due to brake bearing failure was also heard. He could only see the barrier when he was 25 meters away. Now the barrier is painted yellow with Archie's name between two hearts.

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