Teenager killed in hit and run incident – inquest opens at Ampthill Coroner’s Court


An inquest has been opened into the death of a teenager who was killed when he was hit by a car in Luton.

Paul Gabriel, 18, who was originally from Hertford, was pronounced dead at the scene on Sundon Park Road on Friday, May 15.

The emergency services were called at around twenty to six following reports of a collision between two pedestrians and a grey Vauxhall Corsa.

A 33-year-old man from Luton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken into police custody. He has been released on bail while further enquiries are carried out. 

The other pedestrian suffered minor injuries, but a pet dog being walked by the pair was also killed. Another dog, American Bulldog Taurus, ran from the scene and was later found dead. 

On Tuesday, June 2, Bedfordshire’s Senior Coroner Emma Whitting adjourned the hearing until 1pm on 22 October.

The court at Ampthill heard the teenager’s body was identified by his mother. The cause of death was given as traumatic head injury. 

Paying tribute to Paul, his family said: “Paul, was fondly known as DJ at home and was a gentle giant. He aspired to become a dentist and was working hard to go to university. 

“He left home on the fateful day after lockdown was lifted having spent most of the time at home, throughout that period. Unfortunately he was taken away from us prematurely on Friday, May 15. 

“We will miss the warmth and joy he brought to the family and his cheeky smile. He was a much loved son, great brother and an amazing friend to his friends. 

He served passionately in his local church and his love for the work of God took him to Finland as a missionary. He was loved by all he met. 

“He will forever be missed by all who knew him and as a family we are utterly heartbroken. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”