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Boy, 17, died after being hit by car on the way to Gwersyllt party

Published date: 16 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A TEENAGER died after being hit by a car when crossing a dual carrigeway on New Year’s Day, an inquest heard.

Michael Ian Gallagher, 17, was crossing the Mold Road dual carriageway on his way to a house party in Gwersyllt when he was hit by a white Volkswagen Polo at about 12.40am.

The inquest at Ruthin’s County Hall heard that the deceased, known as Ian, had been “merry but not drunk” on the night of the incident.

The inquest was adjourned in September at the victim’s family’s request in order to obtain evidence from Grant Jones, who was with Ian at the time of the collision.

In a statement read by North Wales (East and Central) coroner John Gittins, Mr Jones said he had been walking ahead of Ian at what he described as a “normal speed” as they crossed the road.

After climbing over the central reservation and continuing to cross with Mr Gallagher behind him, Mr Jones said he heard a loud bang.

Mr Jones said he thought someone had thrown a beer can but when he turned around, he saw his friend “flying through the air”.

He added he had not seen the car approaching.

Ian of Llys Tudor, Denbigh, was taken to Wrexham Maelor hospital but died later that day.

A post-mortem examination found that the cause of death was multiple injuries consistent with a road traffic collision.

Returning a narrative conclusion, Mr Gittins said that on December 31 last year Mr Gallagher had attended a party for a short while before walking with a group of friends to another party in Gwersyllt. When crossing the Mold Road dual carriageway he was hit by a car and died from injuries sustained in the collision.

Speaking to Mr Gallager’s parents, Mr Gittins added: “I am sure that it has been a very difficult year.

“I do hope that in time what you will be left with are the memories of a very fine young man.”

At the hearing in September, it was heard a forensic investigation had been completed and the VW Polo, driven by 19-year-old Frederick John White, had been travelling within the national speed limit.

It was calculated that Mr White had been driving at between 32mph and 43mph on the dual carriageway.

When Mr Gallagher entered the lane to cross the road there was not enough time for Mr White to avoid an impact.

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