Boy, 12, who appeared on TV show Benefits Street killed after being hit by car

A popular schoolboy familiar to millions after he appeared on TV show Benefits Street died after being knocked off his mountain bike, an inquest heard.

Riley Young-Hudson, 12, was fatally injured in a collision with a car.

Despite frantic efforts to save him, he died three days later at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on April 1.

The youngster cycled into the path of a blue Audi, which was unable to stop in time, Teesside Coroner's Court heard.

His mum Louise Jenkins paid an emotional tribute to Riley, Teesside Live reports .


An accident report said no action was taken against the male driver, with police “satisfied he was not blameworthy for the collision”.

Riley, it was said, “either failed to see the approaching Audi or misjudged its close proximity”.

Now, determined that Riley’s death won’t be in vain, Louise plans to campaign for railings to be erected at the spot he crossed the road so that other youngsters won’t be able to get onto the busy carriageway so easily.

She told Teesside Live: “He was a character – a funny, kind, lovable boy. He loved babies and little kids – but if he was in a mood, he wasn’t someone to get on the wrong side of."


Louise said Riley, like many kids his age, was “always on his phone” or playing computer games like Roblox with his uncle Cameron, who was “like a brother to him”.

His school North Shore Academy, paid tribute to him after his death, saying he had an "endearing personality".

Louise said: “We were really close. I used to say wherever I went, he would sniff me out. He was my sidekick.

“Since it happened, every time I see a kid on a bike who looks like they might go into the road, I get palpitations and start sweating and shaking.

“He’d only had his bike three weeks. I’d got him it to try and get him to go to school.”


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