Drink-driver 'unlawfully killed' woman in crash

AN inquest today determined what caused the death of two young people in a horror crash on a Suffolk country road.

AN inquest today determined what caused the death of two young people in a horror crash on a Suffolk country road.

Coroner Peter Dean returned a verdict of unlawful killing in respect of 24-year-old Sarah Lee, of Bergholt Road, Colchester, who died at the scene of the collision just outside Stutton, near Brantham, on Saturday December 5.

Miss Lee was killed when the Ford Focus she was driving collided with an Audi driven by Matt Anderson, 24, from Heathfield Road, Holbrook, whose death was deemed accidental by the coroner.

Evidence from collision investigators and witness statements found that Mr Anderson had been driving at speeds of between 60 and 80mph.


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A toxicology report showed he was nearly two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit and had earlier been asked to leave a pub because of the condition he was in.

Mr Anderson declined the offer of a lift from a friend, who told police he had showed signs of a desire to harm himself in the days before the crash.

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But Dr Dean said that tyre marks and an account of Miss Lee's partner, who was a passenger in her car, suggested Mr Anderson had not intended to cause the collision deliberately.

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