North East Wales

Anthony Kelly: Rhyl taxi leap death 'accidental' verdict

Anthony Kelly
Image caption The taxi carrying Anthony Kelly was travelling at about 30mph

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded on a Denbighshire teenager who was killed after jumping from a moving taxi after a night out in Rhyl.

Anthony Kelly, 19, from Prestatyn suffered fatal head injuries after jumping out of the minibus in March.

The inquest at Prestatyn heard he had been involved in a scuffle with a friend in taxi and accidentally hit a female passenger, then opened the taxi door and leapt out.

He died two days later in hospital.

John Gittins, the Acting Coroner for North Wales Central, said: "He acted spontaneously and it had tragic consequences."

The inquest was told that Mr Kelly had been drinking on a night out in Rhyl and would have been almost three times over the drink-drive limit.

The coroner said that would have affected his judgement.

Recording a verdict of accidental death on Mr Kelly, of Caradoc Road, Prestatyn, he said the decision to jump from a moving vehicle was clearly a "spur-of-the-moment act".

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