Five-year-old killed in quad bike crash in Portugal

A five year old boy, whose family is from Middlesbrough, has died in a quad bike crash in Portugal. His elder brother is fighting for his life.

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Father's grief after son killed in quad bike crash

A father from Middlesbrough has spoken of his grief after his five-year-old son was killed in a quad bike crash in Portugal.

Bryan Lappin died on Friday after being thrown from the bike which smashed into a wall in the village where his father, Pete, runs a bar.

His elder brother, James, was also on the bike and is now fighting for his life.

The driver was having a drink in the bar before he offered to take the youngsters for a spin.

“Our bar is in a tiny village in the middle of Portugal and there’s nothing on the roads round here.

“I wish I could turn back time because obviously I would have stopped him taking the children for a ride.

“He didn’t ask for permission. He just disappeared with the children. He’s obviously done something terribly wrong.

“At the moment the shock of what’s happened still hasn’t sunk in.

“We’re having to make funeral arrangements for one child while we pin all our hopes on our older one pulling through."

– Pete Lappin

James, 7, remains in intensive car in hospital in Coimbra with serious head injuries.

Five-year-old killed in quad bike crash in Portugal

Bryan Lappin, left, with his elder brother James. Credit: TAG news media

A five year old boy, whose family is from Middlesbrough, has died in a quad bike crash in Portugal.

Bryan Lappin was thrown from the bike along with his older brother James, who is critically ill in hospital.

Neither were wearing helmets. It happened close to their father's bar in the district of Coimbra.

The driver, a British expat builder, has been released on bail after being provisionally charged with negligent homicide.

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