Team GB quad biker dies after being crushed in tragic accident on ‘Killer Hill’

A competitive quad biker died in a “violent” accident in Romania while on the treacherous “Killer Hill” – with her family paying tribute to a "true Yorkshire lass".

Katie Hodgson, 24, was competing in the annual Hunt the Wolf event on April 11 this year when a descent down the hill caused her to lose control.

A inquest into her death at Hull Coroners’ Court heard how Katie fell off her Can-Am Renegade vehicle after the back wheels started to lift off the ground.

Katie, from Tibthorpe, East Yorks, was then crushed by the quad bike as it fell on top of her, causing her multiple severe injuries.

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Despite being airlifted to a nearby hospital, she died before she could arrive.

Katie’s family said in a statement: “She was laid-back but full of guts. She enjoyed working with animals and was very creative.

“Nobody disliked her. She was very confident and had many friends.”

She began competitively competing in quad biking aged 18, representing Team GB in various international competitions.

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The Team GB quad biking team re-named themselves Team Katie 141 Racing in memory of their friend.

Her partner, Richard Freestone, who was with Katie when the horrific accident took place, described her as a “true Yorkshire lass full of passion and love”.

He added: “She was my teammate in life. I deeply miss her but I am grateful for the memories we made.”

Romanian forensic consultant Dr Siklodi Palfi Katalin described Katie’s death as “violent”

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Senior coroner Paul Marks said: “On April 11, 2019, Katie was involved in the Hunt the Wolf 2019 event in Romania.

"On the descent the quad bike started to lift. Katie fell off and was struck by the vehicle.

“She initially responded and was airlifted to hospital but sadly whilst in transit she died.

“I have accepted expert evidence from two post-mortems, one in Romania an done here, that the medical cause of death was an intra-abdominal haemorrhage due to a rupture of the kidney due to a quad bike incident.

“I therefore record a conclusion that Katie died as a result of an accident. I would like to extend my condolences to Katie’s family and partner of this sad loss.”

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