Boy, 17, dies after hitting signpost on moped while being chased by second scooter rider following row

A 17-year-old boy died after hitting a signpost on a moped while being chased by a second scooter rider following a row.

Tyler Michael Murphy-Williams’ moped struck an offside kerb with a width restriction which unseated him and led him to strike a signpost as he fell.

The teenager was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash in Paddington on December 8, 2019, West London Coroner’s Court heard today (November 5).

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Just moments earlier he had a row with another scooter driver. Following the altercation, Mr Murphy-Williams rode off, with the other male moped rider in pursuit.

As he approached a junction, Mr Murphy-Williams’ scooter struck the kerb.

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Mr Murphy-Williams sustained chest injuries during the collision and despite being rushed to St Mary’s Hospital he died later that day, two weeks short of his 18th birthday.

West London Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Murphy-Williams suffered from haemophilia, which became a contributing factor in his death.

Presiding over the inquest, Senior Coroner Chinyere Inyama stated that Mr Murphy-Williams died as a result of a traffic collision, while his cause of death were injuries to the right side of his chest, with haemophilia “in the background”.

He added that while Mr Murphy-Williams’ condition “may have accelerated his death”, the injuries he sustained would still have been “life-threatening” had he not suffered from haemophilia.

Addressing three members of Mr Murphy-Williams’ family who attended the inquest, Mr Inyama said: “You turned up out of support for Tyler – in a lot of cases no one turns up [to inquests] at all.

“It is clear Tyler made his mark in his short time here.”

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