Go-kart student's death an 'accident'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 June, 2011, 12:00am


The death of Island School pupil Amy Rose Coxall (pictured) when her scarf got caught in a go-kart she was driving was an accident, a jury at an inquest ruled. Coxall, 15, a Year 11 student at the Mid-Levels school, died at about 4.30pm on February 17 last year at Tuen Mun's Diamond Coast International Kart Circuit. She went there with friends at the Lunar New Year.

'The drive chain and the sprocket which should be covered by the guard were not covered,' the foreman of the jury told the Coroner's Court. He explained that the student's scarf got caught between the chain and the sprocket and strangled Coxall to death.

The jury recommended better government checks on the sport, although there are no go-kart tracks in Hong Kong at the moment.

The court earlier heard that the British girl, a newcomer to the sport, was not shown a safety video before she took to the track.

The circuit, the only one in the city, was shut down at the end of March last year. Kart races have since been organised on the mainland.

Tommy Tang Chi-ming, vice-chairman of Hong Kong's Kart Club, said applications since the accident for allocation of land to run a new circuit had all been turned down.