Teen, 17, died when she slammed into back of car that braked to avoid pothole crash

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A TEENAGE biker tragically died when she smashed into a car that stopped when another suddenly braked to avoid a giant pothole, an inquest heard.

Chelsie Rose was killed after colliding with the Vauxhall Corsa and falling into the path of an oncoming car.

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Chelsie Rose died after she hit the back of a car which slowed down to avoid a pothole crash[/caption]

The 17-year-old had been travelling along Boughton Fair Lane in Northampton on her motorbike on March 13.

An inquest into her death heard a huge pothole – ordered to be fixed by the council just hours earlier – forced a car ahead to stop.

The car infront of Chelsie braked to avoid a smash and she ploughed into the back of it.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

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The 17-year-old was riding her motorbike along a country road when she was hit[/caption]

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Her family paid tribute to her life during the inquest into her death[/caption]

Northamptonshire senior coroner Anne Pember said: “I find it sad that had the pothole not been present there would have been no reason for the initial motorists to slow down.

“Chelsie was riding her motorbike doing what she loved.

“Sadly, it seems that she did not slow her motorbike and she collided with the rear of the car in front of her and fell into the path of another car.”

Cops ordered the 60cm-wide 6cm-deep hole to be filled in the same night as the crash.

Chelsie’s mum Hazel asked Northamptonshire Highways network manager Martin Sockett why the pothole had not been repaired sooner.

He said: “If we had to attend to every pothole that was between 50 to 60cm it would be a tremendous strain.”

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She loved to ride her bike and was killed as she was out on it in Northampton[/caption]

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A huge pothole – ordered to be fixed by the council just hours earlier – forced a car ahead to stop on this road[/caption]

A witness to the crash said he had been a passenger in a red Vauxhall Corsa when they saw a silver car ahead of them indicate and come to a stop.

In a statement read out by the coroner, he said: “We slowed down to about 5mph and couldn’t see why they had stopped.

“Suddenly I heard a loud bang behind us. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something black fly through the air and land in the road.
“It was almost immediately hit by white car travelling the other direction.”

Several witnesses described Boughton Fair Lane “bumpy,” in poor repair” and “covered in potholes”.

Paying tribute, mum Hazel added: “Chelsie the teenager was transforming into Chelsie the beautiful young lady.

“Life will never be the same. We will never know what life had in store for Chelsie.


“We will always remember and feel the pain of what might have been.

“We are so proud of what she had achieved in her short life.”

The coroner recorded a conclusion of accidental death at the hearing held at Northampton County Hall yesterday.


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