A YOUNG man was due to embark on a trip of a lifetime around Europe before he died in a tragic kiteboarding accident, an inquest heard.
Liamonias Daunoras, of Oliver Road, Southsea, died after hitting a bollard at speed while strapped on to a kiteboard in the car park of the D-Day museum on Southsea seafront on June 24.
Giving evidence at Southampton Coroner’s Court yesterday, Detective Constable Allison Fraser, of Fratton CID, said the 26-year-old, who was originally from Lithuania, was with his friends Donadas Pocius and Edjaras Mascinkas at the time of the accident.
The trio had planned to go on a trip around Europe in a Volvo to take photos of their journey for a blog. But their dreams were not realised as Mr Daunoras died from his injuries in hospital in the days after the accident.
The court heard how Mr Daunoras rode down a slope in the car park without wearing a helmet.
He lost control halfway down and was unable to jump off the board. He hit a bollard and went backwards, hitting his head hard on the ground.
Mr Mascinkas gave his unconscious friend CPR before Mr Daunoras was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital and transferred to the care of consultant neurological surgeon Dr Diederik Bulters. A CT scan found Mr Daunoras suffered a fractured skull and an extensive haemorrhage. He died in hospital on June 25.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Gordon Denson described Mr Daunoras’ death as ‘sad and untimely’.
He said: ‘I am grateful to all that have helped me with enquiries into this matter and the circumstances which led to the deceased losing control of a kite surfing board with tragic consequences.’ The coroner added: ‘The cause of death was due to a traumatic head injury.’