Father killed in horrific crash

By Ted JeoryA FATHER-OF-THREE died after the car he was driving hit a speed bump at 60mph, took off and crashed into a concrete post.Andrew Mauldin, 29, of Melbourne Road, Clacton, was declared dead at the scene of the accident in the town's Coppins Road.

By Ted Jeory

A FATHER-OF-THREE died after the car he was driving hit a speed bump at 60mph, took off and crashed into a concrete post.

Andrew Mauldin, 29, of Melbourne Road, Clacton, was declared dead at the scene of the accident in the town's Coppins Road.

An inquest into heard yesterday Mr Mauldin had been drinking before he got into his Vauxhall Nova car to visit a friend and cocaine had also been found in his blood.


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Peter Prior, of Coppins Road, Clacton, told the inquest: “I was having a glass of wine in my living room. It was a quiet night and traffic was light.

“But then I heard the constant thud, thud, thud of a vehicle approaching at speed going over the speed bumps.

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“I went to have a look and saw a red car travelling at around 60mph coming my way - I could hear music coming from the car.

“It was clearly out of control and hit the speed bump on the bend outside my place. It took off and as it did so I could hear the engine still revving up. It went across the road and then there was a hell of a bang.”

Mr Mauldin, whom police said had been was over the legal drink-drive limit and had not been wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the passenger window, leaving him trapped between the ground and the car.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Mauldin died from asphyxiation after his airwaves became trapped following the accident, which happened at who saw the accident, which happened at about 11.35pm on June 27.

The inquest also heard from Mr Mauldin's best friend, Glenn Mead, of Trimley Close, Clacton, who described how the groundworker had seemed agitated that evening.

“He'd had a call from someone who'd had a row with her boyfriend and she'd asked him to come round to help. I told him not to bother because I though there was going to be trouble, but he wanted to go,” said Mr Mead.

“He left, but I didn't think he'd drive - he never normally did that when he'd been drinking - he just cared about his kids.”

Essex coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, recorded a verdict of accident death.

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Mauldin's grandfather, Richard Bodley, said: “The police said his judgment was impaired by the drugs and alcohol and we just wanted to know how much he'd been doing, whether it was all day.

“In the end, though, speed killed him. He was a lovely lad, very easy-going and he loved his kids.”

ted.jeory@eadt.co.uk

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