By Denna Bowman
Alcohol, speed and bald tyres have all been highlighted as possibly contributing to the death of three youngsters in a car accident, an inquest heard.
Driver Jamie Baker, 18, Tomas Capewell, and nine-year-old Noah Amato, died after the car they were in veered out of control off the A379 and ploughed into a wall in Aveton Gifford, near Kingsbridge, last July.
All three died of multiple injuries at the scene of the accident and South Devon Coroner Ian Arrow said the tragic case should act as a reminder to all drivers.
The inquest heart that blood readings of the driver Jamie showed he had 140mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood when the legal limit is 80mg.
Motor patrol officer Darren Philp told the inquest he calculated the car had probably been travelling in the region of 69mph – the speed limit was 40mph.
He said: “The Corsa was travelling along the road from Kingsbridge to Aveton and as it entered a sweeping bend at high speed, the driver braked and steered harshly.”
The inquest heard that the front of the vehicle entered the verge and hit gateposts before becoming airborne and rolling into a stone wall.
He added that one of the back tyres had inadequate tyre tread, which could have been a contributing factor.
“It is possible the driver could have been distracted.
“The alcohol limit was in excess of the legal limit.
“I believe the collision was the result of human error,” he said.
Coroner Mr Arrow added: “I do hope the media coverage around this case will help drivers to think about their actions before they commence on their journeys.”
He recorded a verdict of unnatural accidental death.