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Backpacker crushed by quad bike in gap year tragedy

A north London backpacker died when the quad bike she was riding turned over and crushed her on an Australian beach, an inquest has heard.

Bryony Bonekyn was on a gap year in Australia Credit: Elephant Freedom Project

Bryony Bonekyn, 21, from Tottenham, was with a group of friends riding along One Mile Beach near Port Stewart on 18 July when she rode through a stream causing the bike to flip.

She was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple injuries, while a 37-year-old man also onboard was not injured.

Ms Bonekyn had volunteered at an Elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka before working in a pub in Coen, Queensland for two months before the accident.

The student had volunteered at an elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka Credit: Elephant Freedom Project

The gap year student was planning to study English literature at Brighton University.

A narrative verdict was recorded at North London Coroner’s Court.

Addressing Ms Bonekyn’s father, coroner Dr Andrew Walker said:

I offer my deepest condolences.

I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must be to lose something in these circumstances.

– Dr Andrew Walker

Ms Bonekyn had taken the day off work and had gone swimming and fishing with friends before they went quad biking.

At the time of her death, her father Bill said:

She's the kind of person people enjoyed talking to and being around. That was because she was bubbly and liked talking to other people.

But [she] had serious ideas and views about the world as well.

It is important that anyone riding these bikes wears a crash helmet and where possible be strapped in because I would hate to see any other family going through what we are.

– Bill Bonekyn