Boy, 12, dies after cycling accident in Poole

A 12-year-old boy has died after a cycling accident on a footbridge.

Aidan O'Neill was on his way to school on Wednesday morning when he hit some metal barriers on the bridge over Dorset Way in Oakdale in Poole, Dorset.

He was taken to Poole Hospital but later died. Dorset Police said it was "a tragic accident".

An inquest into his death which was opened and adjourned heard he died from blunt force trauma injuries sustained as a result of impact.

'Tremendous potential'

The accident happened as Aidan, a pupil at Poole Grammar School, was riding across the footbridge from Trigon Road to Harwell Road on the Nuffield industrial estate.

Ian Carter, headmaster at his school, said in a letter to his staff and students: "Aidan was a young man with tremendous potential and as a community we will be forever be the poorer for his loss.

"This has had a catastrophic effect on his family, the wider Poole Grammar School community and his peers.

"The school has sent its condolences and sympathy to Aidan's family and will of course provide whatever support it can in school for them and Aidan's friends and peers."

A Dorset Police spokesman said they were investigating the death on behalf of the coroner.

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