Teenage crash victim didn't have a driving licence

Teenage crash victim didn't have a driving licence

A teenager who died in a car crash after borrowing a friend's car was not qualified to drive, an inquest has heard.

19-year-old Richard Crookes was killed after the Renault Clio he was driving left the road and rolled onto its roof on the A161 near Crowle, on September 16 last year.
He was found to be twice over the legal drink-drive limit and also wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Crookes, and passenger Craig Butt had borrowed the car to collect friends from a party, which they were making their way to.

Butt, who sustained minor injuries in the accident, admitted to the inquiry that he and Crookes had been drinking in the hours leading up to the crash.

Describing the incident to the inquiry, he said: "It was a terrifying journey and I asked him to stop and slow down.

"We went round the first corner and I could see what was going to happen.

"He was driving at a fast pace over the limit, I was screaming at him to brake and slow down.

"On the second corner, I felt a judder and then the car started to swerve. I remember a noise and then being upside down."

Post mortem results indicated that Crookes wasn't wearing a seatbelt due to the lack of abrasive injuries that would be normal in such a crash.

The inquest also heard how Crookes was only a light drinker, who became inebriated after consuming only small amounts of alcohol.

Coroner Paul Kelly recorded a verdict of accidental death and stated: "The journey was uninsured and Richard Crookes was unfit to drive due to the alcohol consumed.

"[He] was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained injuries not sustainable with life.

"It is a very sad and tragic waste of a young life."
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