An inquest has opened into the death of a teenage Jehovah's Witness from the West Midlands who is believed to have refused a blood transfusion.
Black Country Coroner Robin Balmain released the body of Joshua McAuley for cremation after a brief hearing at Smethwick Council House.
Adjourning the inquest on the 15-year-old, Mr Balmain said the student had been trapped between a Vauxhall Astra and a shop when the vehicle veered off Cape Hill in Smethwick, West Midlands, on May 15.
A 28-year-old man, from the Winson Green area of Birmingham, was arrested after the vehicle became embedded in the shop, and was later released on police bail.
Outlining the brief circumstances of Joshua's death, the coroner said the teenager, of Church Road, Smethwick, underwent surgery at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital after suffering severe leg injuries.
Mr Balmain stressed that the circumstances of his death would have to be confirmed by evidence in due course.
The coroner added: "I am told he required a blood transfusion but, due to being a Jehovah's Witness, this option was declined.
"There are clearly ongoing police inquiries and I have no information at the present time as to whether this matter will be dealt with in this court or a criminal court."
The inquest, which was adjourned to a date to be fixed, was also told that a pathologist had yet to give the court the medical cause of Joshua's death.
The student's parents were not present at the hearing, but were represented by a family friend.