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Pupil cyclist death 'accidental'

Sarah Waterhouse
The teenager was crossing the road on her bike when she was hit

A student who died after she was hit by a coach as she cycled to school in Oxfordshire was killed accidentally, a coroner has ruled.

Sarah Waterhouse, 17, was riding her bike across Colwell Drive in Abingdon when she was hit by a bus carrying about 30 pupils from Abingdon School.

She was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a massive head injury.

Coroner Nicholas Gardner expressed his sympathies for the family and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The bus driver Andrew Sale said he had seen the teenager at the roadside before the crash.

The coach was said to have been travelling at 20 mph when the crash happened.

The Larkmead School student had been studying for her A levels and had applied to Cambridge University.

Sgt Peter Jell said: "I think it's right to think that Sarah misjudged where the coach was going, she thought it was probably going straight ahead when it turned left.

"Unfortunately in this case there are some questions which we're never going to be able to answer."



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