A TEENAGER who was killed after an alleged hit and run died at the scene from "severe head injuries", his inquest opening was told.

Rhys Dobson, from the Garndiffaith area of Pontypool, died in the early hours of Sunday, April 14 on Varteg Road in Blaenavon.

Gwent Police and other emergency services attended the scene, but were unable to save Mr Dobson, 19, who suffered catastrophic injuries and died before he could be taken to hospital.

Pathologist Stephen Leadbetter told the inquest opening that the provisional cause of death was disruption of the skull.

A Citroen vehicle that was believed to be involved was later found on a nearby street by Gwent Police, heard the inquest opening on Thursday, April 25 at Gwent Coroner's Court in Newport.

Police arrested a 36-year-old man from the Blaenavon area on suspicion of death by driving without due care and failing to remain at the scene of a road traffic collision.

He has since been released under investigation.

Gwent coroner Wendy James adjourned the inquest until July 25.

In a tribute released on behalf on the family by Gwent Police, they spoke of their love for their "cherished son."

“Our much beloved son Rhys Dobson was tragically killed in a RTC on April 14 in Varteg," they said.

"As parents we are devastated to lose our cherished son who was just starting out in his adult life. We thank our friends and family and Gwent Police for their professionalism and compassion.

"We will always love him.

"We ask that people kindly respect our privacy in this difficult time.”

Gwent Police have appealed for more information from anyone who might have seen the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers are appealing for information from anyone that could help with their enquiries and would be particularly interested in hearing from the driver of a black coloured taxi which was seen driving along Varteg Road between 3am and 3.30am of Sunday morning.

"Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log 102 14/04/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. You can also send a direct message with information to our Gwent Police Facebook and Twitter social media pages."