Kent

Crash victim Augustine Carnell 'laid down' in the road

  • 14 May 2014
  • From the section Kent
Augustine Carnell
Augustine Carnell was a pupil at King's School in Rochester

A teenager was seen lying down on a dual carriageway in Kent moments before he was hit and killed by a car early on New Year's Day, an inquest has heard.

Augustine Carnell, 17, from Rochester, was struck by a white Skoda Rapid on the A229 at Blue Bell Hill after drinking at a party that night.

Taxi driver Russell Tallis told Maidstone Coroner's Court how he shouted at him in vain to get up.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Tallis said: "I screamed at him to get up. He started to move but it wasn't quick enough, and he got propelled into the barrier."

The court heard how the teenager had been celebrating New Year at a party with his family.

'Screamed and shouted'

A statement from Augustine's mother, Pia Carnell, read at the inquest said they had left the party at about 02:00 GMT and initially walked around so that he could try to sober up.

She said they became disorientated and argued as to where they were and he walked off.

Augustine's mother said she screamed and shouted at him to stop but was powerless to prevent him leaving.

The driver who hit him told the inquest that he had seen something moving in the road, but could not avoid the teenager.

Augustine had attended King's School in Rochester since the age of four, where he was described as a "charismatic" schoolboy.

In a statement, the school said he was still sadly missed and "our thoughts continue to be with his family every day, but especially on this difficult day".

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