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Inquest opens into death of Rochester schoolboy Augustine Carnell killed in New Year's Day crash on Blue Bell Hill in Maidstone

08 January 2014
by Nicola Jordan

An inquest has been opened into the death of a teenager killed as he walked home on New Year's Day.

Augustine Carnell, 17, from Rochester, died in a crash on Blue Bell Hill in the early hours.

Paramedics attended the accident, which involved a white Skoda Rapid, on the Maidstone-bound carriageway of the A229. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Talented and much-loved student Augustine Carnell

Talented and much-loved student Augustine Carnell

Coroner Alison Grief, sitting at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, opened and adjourned the inquest until April 9.

The hearing heard the King's School, Rochester, pupil died from multiple injuries.

Augustine was a keen rugby player, both at King's and Aylesford Bulls.

A minute's silence was held at Aylesford's home ground at the weekend. 

Scene of the fatal accident at Blue Bell Hill

Scene of the fatal accident at Blue Bell Hill

Augustine, who was in his second season, was in the under-17s team. His side postponed their fixture as a mark of respect and will be dedicating their match against Gravesend on Sunday to him.

Prayers have been said for him at King's, where he was a pupil from the age of four.

In a statement, his family described Augustine as a "kind, gentle, happy 17-year-old boy full of fun and humour".

Officers from the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit would like to anyone who saw the collision and not yet spoken to them to phone PC Simon Masterson on 01622 798538.


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