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Inquests into death crash victims
Scene of the crash
The IPCC is keeping families up-to-date with their investigation
Five teenagers killed in a road crash in East Sussex died from multiple injuries, an inquest has heard.

Kelly Goring, 17, Daniel Carwardine and Danielle Martin, both 16, Barrie Mackay, 15, and Lee Morgan, 14, died in St Leonards on Saturday.

They all lived locally and were in a stolen car which crashed into a wall.

Opening and adjourning the inquest at Hastings Magistrates Court, coroner Alan Craze said they had all died instantly in the "appalling" crash.

We have promised the families that they will receive regular progress reports
Mike Franklin, IPCC commissioner

About a dozen relatives of the victims attended the short hearing on Wednesday.

They heard that Daniel, of Beauchamp Road, Barrie, of London Road, and Lee, of Chambers Road, all died from severe chest injuries. Lee also suffered a fractured spine.

Danielle and Kelly, who both lived in Quebec Road, suffered severe head injuries.

Mr Craze said he was not in a position to pass comment on the circumstances of the accident.

Flowers left at the crash scene
Family and friends of the victims have been leaving floral tributes

"I would not wish to make my mind up about anything that may or may not have happened until I receive a full file," he said.

No date for a full inquest was set.

The Metro the five youngsters were in crashed just minutes after it had been spotted by a marked police vehicle.

It had been reported to police in the early hours of Saturday after it was believed to have struck a cyclist.

'Seek the truth'

It then hit a lamppost, three walls and another car parked on a driveway in Battle Road, killing all inside.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating police "involvement" in the accident.

Relatives of the victims met officials from the IPCC on Tuesday.

Commissioner Mike Franklin said on Wednesday the IPCC had pledged to "seek the truth" of what had happened.

"It is too early to say when the investigation will conclude, but we have promised the families that they will receive regular progress reports," he said.

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