15-year-old in v

A DONCASTER teenager died after he suffered a horrific fall after he was ‘surfing’ on the back of a van driven by his brother.

Scott Blackburn, 15, of Welfare Road in Woodlands, jumped onto the back of his father’s Renault Trafic van as his 18-year-old brother Damien parked it up, an inquest heard.

Scott had clung onto the back doors of the van with his feet spread-eagled across the bumper before falling off into the road and smashing his head on the kerb.

His mum, dinner lady Andrea, 42, and other residents on the street where he lived rushed out to help him as he laid in a pool of blood with his head and shoulder hanging in the road - just 35 metres from his own home.

But there was nothing that could be done to save the moto-cross-mad schoolboy, and he was pronounced dead when he arrived at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

His mum has now called for others not to copy the van surfing stunt.

Doncaster Coroners Court heard on Tuesday how Scott and his family of mum, brother, now 20, and dad, self-employed electrical engineer, Greg, 41, used to go to a nearby motocross track, where the brothers could legally ride their bikes.

Scott would quite often jump on to the back of the van at the track, as a lot of the other kids did, and would bounce up and down, but, said Damien: “He would let you know he was there.

“He was quite often messing about and he would stand on the back and wave out at you.”

On the day of the tragic accident on Sunday August 22, 2010, the family were unpacking their bikes when Greg had to go out for work.

Damien wanted to move the van, which was parked up in the back garden, so he could wash the bikes there.

“There are too many cars there to be able to pull out of the drive and park across the house so I did what my dad does and came out of the drive and turned up the road to turn round and take the van back,” he said.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Ms Nicola Mundy said: “There was a question of whether there was awareness of Scott’s weight being on the van... I find that he wasn’t aware.

“It is my view that Scott effectively lost his grip and as a consequence he fell to the ground and struck his head and suffered injuries from which he died that day.”

Speaking after the case, Andrea said: “Young people should not get onto the back of vehicles. They all do it at the track, and don’t realise how dangerous it is.

“Scott was a joker and was always messing about, it was just who he was.”