Inquest verdict on friends killed in horror crash in Edwinstowe

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A ‘RECKLESS’ drink-driver from Edwinstowe had been partying all night before setting off on a fatal journey which killed him and his friend, an inquest was told.

David Blair (20), of Lansbury Road, was more than twice the drink-driving limit when his car left the A6075 Ollerton Road and hit a tree in the early hours of 17th October last year.

His passenger, 21-year-old Jamie Ord, of Cinder Lane, Ollerton, also died instantly.

The crash happened after Mr Blair invited friends round to his house when his parents went away for the weekend.

The pair had bought two crates of lager, energy drinks and a bottle of Sambuca at Asda in Forest Town the day before.

Mr Blair’s sister Emma Blair said she had seen her brother and Mr Ord drinking with friends when she came home from work on the evening of 16th October.

She went to bed but was woken by the group at around 3am because of the noise and again at 4.45am, when Mr Blair asked her to move her car - which was blocking his in.

The crash happened when Mr Blair’s car went off the road on a bend and landed in a wooded area.

It was likely the vehicle was travelling well in excess of the speed limit.

The vehicle, a gold coloured Peugeot 106, could not be assessed for defects because it was destroyed in the collision.

Blood tests showed Mr Ord was also substantially over the drink-drive alcohol limit.

At the time of the crash, community leaders said the stretch of road where it happened was an accident blackspot.

But investigators said the condition of the road was not a factor.

Nottinghamshire coroner Mairin Casey said no blame should be attributed to Emma Blair, who was present when the pair set off.

“These were two young men were adults,” she told last Wednesday’s inquest.

“They had responsibilities for their own safety, which was disregarded. It’s fortunate that nobody else lost their lives.”

“[Mr Blair] was reckless to his own safety, to the safety of his passenger and to the safety of other road users.

“This is a tragic case, the loss of two young men who were clearly very much loved and cared for and their loss is enormous to their families and friends.”

A post-mortem examination found both men died of multiple injuries.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death for both men.