Girl’s road death ruled an accident

COLLISION VICTIM: The funeral procession for Katelyn Weldon, below, passing the scene of the accident.
COLLISION VICTIM: The funeral procession for Katelyn Weldon, below, passing the scene of the accident.
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A SCHOOLGIRL who died after being hit by a car while riding her bike was the victim of a tragic accident, a coroner has ruled.

Katelyn Weldon was cycling home with her mother Claire when she was hit by a car in Washington Road in Town End Farm, on Saturday, March 30, 2010.

Katelyn Weldon who was killed when she was hit by a car in Washington Road, Sunderland, on Saturday, March 30, 2010.

Katelyn Weldon who was killed when she was hit by a car in Washington Road, Sunderland, on Saturday, March 30, 2010.

An inquest into her death was put on hold after the driver was arrested and appeared in court charged over the death of the 11-year-old.

Michael Porter, of Capetown Road, Castletown, was charged with causing death by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured.

It was claimed he was not covered to drive the Vauxhall Vectra involved in the accident.

But last month, Judge John Evans, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, was told the prosecution would be presenting no evidence against Mr Porter and a verdict of not guilty was recorded.

An inquest in Sunderland held yesterday heard Katelyn, of Berwick Avenue in Town End Farm, suffered massive head injuries after being struck by the car.

Coroner’s officer Reginald Hooper told the hearing: “Katelyn rode out in front of a car travelling west.

“She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where death was pronounced.”

Pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton confirmed a fractured skull caused the youngster’s death.

Senior coroner Derek Winter recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

Katelyn’s death shocked the community and hundreds turned out to say goodbye at her funeral service at St Bede’s Church in Town End Farm.

The Bexhill Primary School pupil lived a short distance away from the scene of the accident and was a talented member of Town End Farm Disco Dancers.

Verdict: Accidental.