A teenager from Richmond has appeared on trial after a moped he was driving “flipped” and killed his 14-year-old passenger.
Kai Holder, 19, has denied causing the death of schoolboy Bradley O’Dell-Alboni by dangerous driving and is currently on trial at the Old Bailey.
The court heard that on the evening of August 10, 2019, Mr Holder was travelling along Bedfont Lane in Feltham in a white Honda Vision 110 scooter, with Bradley riding pillion.
Neither were wearing helmets, and despite being in a residential area and passing two 20-mile speed limit signs, the defendant was driving between 37 to 44mph.
Shortly before the collision, Mr Holder turned to look behind him, causing the vehicle to veer into the curb and lose control.
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Eyewitnesses described seeing the two teenagers being “flipped off” after travelling at a “very fast speed” down the single carriageway road.
Bradley collided “at speed” with a telephone box and sustained fatal injuries due to the rapid deceleration.
Over the following days, thousands of pounds were raised for his family after a GoFundMe page was set up for his funeral.
A family friend wrote: “Sadly most of my friends will know that there was a tragic loss of a 14-year-old boy in Feltham, his poor mum is not only grieving his loss but she has other children depending on her.
“At a time like this we all want to help but feel powerless and don’t know how to help, but maybe we can.
“How do you all feel about contributing to giving this young lad and his family a beautiful send-off?
“I know that even if I could only afford to give a few pounds I would feel that I was helping in some way.
“Let us all count our blessings today.”
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During today’s hearing (Tuesday, January 11), jurors were shown CCTV evidence of Mr Holder leaving the scene with the moped shortly before the police and emergency services arrived.
He fled through a nearby council estate and the scooter was abandoned. It was later discovered by police a short 100 metres away on Southern Avenue.
Police arrested him later after he presented himself at a West London hospital with injuries he suffered during the crash including a bruised abdomen, swelling around his elbows and superficial grazing.
Prosecutor Hamish Common told the court that on the day of the collision, the weather conditions were “fine and dry, visibility was good and the temperature was 20 degrees”.
Mr Holder earlier today pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by careless driving, but has denied the charge of dangerous driving.
The trial continues.
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