Anthony Ryan died in bike crash while on Thailand holiday with his boss

A Cornwall teenager once coached by Gareth Southgate died after his motorbike hit a van head-on just one day into his Thailand lads holiday, an inquest has heard.

Anthony Ryan, 17, went to Thailand with his boss Jonathan Bond on an all-expenses paid trip for his birthday.

An inquest held at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard how Anthony “wanted to race” down a hill, and swerved left to right, before hitting the van in the collision which took his life on January 24, 2019.

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Anthony, who had recently moved from Holme Wood estate in Bradford to Cornwall to work as a labourer, died from various injuries sustained in the crash.

He had hopes of starting a college business course in Cornwall before the holiday, which his family said was his first.

The pair had arrived in Thailand the day before the crash, and decided to rent motorbikes just hours before the incident.

The court was told Jonathan rented the bikes with his license as Anthony didn’t have his provisional license yet.

Anthony, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, had been travelling downhill on a Honda Zoomer-X with Jonathan trailing behind him when he suddenly lost control of the bike in the rain.

He suddenly swerved into the incoming minivan at around 20mph and was flung across the road while shattered glass and debris scattered across the road, the court heard.

Emergency services rushed to the scene within minutes but Anthony sadly died from his injuries at Patong Hospital a short time later.

Anthony Ryan

Thai police confirmed that Anthony “wilfully rode the bike without due care before colliding with a minivan driver,” before his tragic death at around 9pm that evening.

Jonathan said he “didn’t want to ride a bike at all”, but later admitted “it’s my fault at the end of the day.”

Jonathan, who met Anthony when the teenager moved to Cornwall, said: “I wasn’t keen on riding a motorbike in Thailand.

“We all make stupid mistakes. I don’t want to blame Anthony, but he was swerving left to right. I told him to stop that.

England manager Gareth Southgate coached Anthony Ryan (pictured in green) on a visit to his school in 2014

“I said mate you’ve got to stop doing that, I don’t know these roads.

“When the crash happened, I saw the front of the minibus, and I ran back to Anthony. There was debris everywhere.

“It was just horrendous. It’s my fault at the end of the day.”

Speaking during the inquest, Anthony’s tearful mother Clare Wright said she was ‘angry’ at Jonathan as he was supposed to be ‘my son’s guardian’.

She said: “He knew Anthony didn’t have his license. The store didn’t check any documents before allowing my son to ride a powerful motorcycle.

Anthony Ryan
Anthony Ryan
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“I’m angry with him, he knew Anthony, he was my son’s guardian.”

Shortly after the crash, Anthony’s family raised £8,000 to fly his body back home for the funeral.

Successful fundraisers to bring him home and pay for the memorial service, led by family and family friends, ended up raising nearly £15,000 in just days.

At the time, Ms Wright said: “He was on his first holiday with his boss from work. He was an amazing boy. He had a good job and was going back to college.

The 40-year-old added: “He had his whole life ahead of him and was the eldest of five brothers.

The Funeral of Anthony Ryan, 17, who was killed in a motorbike crash in Thailand

“They are going to be lost without their big brother and we just want to get him home now.”

Senior Coroner Martin Fleming told Jonathan he was the ‘responsible adult’ who let Anthony ride the bike when it was ‘not the safest place in the world to ride a motorbike’.

Mr Fleming said: “You had three occasions to tell him enough is enough.”

Mr Fleming said Anthony was a ‘wonderful son’ who ‘seemed to be thriving’ before his untimely death.

He concluded that the teenager’s death was as a result of a road traffic collision.

Mr Fleming said: “Anthony was a wonderful son. He had so many friends, he was a hard worker. He seemed to be thriving, he had a job lined up and had intentions to go to college.

“His life was cut short with so much promise, and he has left his mother and family devastated.

“According to the driver of the oncoming minivan, he saw Anthony’s motorcycle approaching from the opposite side at speed and encroached into his lane.

“His death was a result from the multiple injuries suffered from the crash.

“Anthony was a little excited on the motorcycle. There are so many reasons in hindsight, as he did not have a valid license, and Mr Bond had several opportunities to say that’s enough.

“Having considered the totality of the evidence, he died as a result of a road traffic collision.

“To lose your son, a popular lad, in these sudden and unexpected circumstances must be so difficult for you to bear. If you can accept my sincerest condolences.

“The great tragedy here is that he was so young when he lost his life, and he showed so much promise.”

England manager Gareth Southgate had paid a heartfelt tribute to Anthony, who he met during a coaching session at the boy’s school in Bradford in 2014.

At the time, he said Anthony’s passing was ‘incredibly sad’ and described it as a ‘reminder to us all to make the most of everyday’.

A picture shows the youngster, who was around 12 or 13 at the time, alongside Southgate, who was then the England under-21 manager.

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