Inquest into three Wetherby students killed in car crash

A VERDICT of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest into the death of three Wetherby students who died in a car crash.

Popular school friends Oliver Cross, Michael Tempest and Thomas Dunn, all 16, died in a car accident following a meal at a Collingham restaurant in December 2006.

They were returning home in a red Ford Escort when they were involved in a collision with a silver Renault Kangoo on the A58 Collingham to Wetherby Road.

Their friend, 17-year-old James Trotman, who was driving, suffered serious and critical injuries but survived.

Following a day of evidence at Leeds Coroners Court into the boys' deaths, coroner, David Hinchliff said: "In these circumstances and in respect to Oliver, Michael and Thomas, I must record a verdict of accidental death and accept the pathologists findings.

"The word accident does not denote something trivial. It means an un-intended act of something which we have no control."

The families of the boys, known to many as Dunny, Ollie and Tempo, attended the packed hearing along with witnesses.

The court heard evidence from Carol Briggs, who was driving the silver Renault Kangoo.

The young driver of a recovery vehicle also gave evidence. James Trotman later gave evidence.

To read a full detailed report of Monday's inquest see Friday's Wetherby News.