A MOTOCROSS rider who passed away after falling during a cross country race at Coney Farm in Stourport last month died as the result of an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Joseph Edge, of Charnock Richard, Chorley, sustained fatal head injuries when he fell in the opening round of the Great Britain X County (GBXC) competition.

The 17-year-old was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham but died on March 23.