Family grieve for go-kart death girl Amy

By Robyn Rosen, February 25, 2010
Amy Coxall: killed when her scarf became entangled in her go-kart

Amy Coxall: killed when her scarf became entangled in her go-kart

The grieving brother of a teenager who died after a go-karting accident in Hong Kong this week spoke of his trauma at her death.
Amy Coxall, 15, was driving with friends at the Diamond Coast International Kart Circuit in Tuen Mun when her kart veered off the track.

It is thought that her scarf had become entangled in the machine and she was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tuen Mun Hospital on Wednesday.

Amy was a pupil at Ilford Jewish Primary School for two months in 1999 before a change in her father's job took the family from their home in Gants Hill to Hong Kong.

Amy, who went on to study at the international Island School, was buried at the Jewish cemetery in Happy Valley on Friday. The ceremony was conducted by Rabbi Stanton Zamek.

Her brother, Joshua, 17, told the congregation: "Amy was the best girl I ever knew, always happy, the life of the moment, and determined to finish everything. I rarely saw her sad, and in her short time with us, she lived her life as full as she could.

"Amy was loved by many. The messages, texts and the Facebook notifications have brought me to tears the past few days. It is evident how much she was loved, and how much she will be missed.

"The manner in which this happened was so shocking, and I almost still don't believe it myself. Regardless of that, I know Amy, who always did the most she could in life, will want all of us to continue to live our lives.

"She wasn't just a sister to me, she was also my best friend. I could talk to her about anything, and she was always a good person to bounce ideas off. She had the most beautiful laugh, and I could always rely on her to make me smile."

Her father, Sean, said: "Although we cannot bring Amy back I am determined to improve worldwide safety standards for go-kart tracks so further losses of life can be avoided."

Roz Levin, the IJPS headteacher, said: "The whole school was very shocked at this tragedy."

Last updated: 4:24pm, February 25 2010