Two teenage girls lay dead for almost seven hours in a car which crashed into a tree on an unlit dual carriageway, a coroner heard yesterday. Ella Alf
Two teenage girls lay dead for almost seven hours in a car which crashed into a tree on an unlit dual carriageway, a coroner heard yesterday. Ella Alford was driving home with her friend Aimee Clayton when their Fiat spun off the road and into a tree, killing the pair instantly.
The crash happened just after 10.30pm but police were not called to the scene until 5.12am, when the two 18-year-old college students were found in the wreckage.
A passer-by had called 999 after seeing a white car in the bushes on the A30 near Hook, Hants.
Police constable Andrew Hammans was the first officer on the scene the morning after the crash in March.
His statement was read by the coroner yesterday after the officer broke down in tears.
PC Hammans statement read: “I thought the vehicle had broken down. It’s a rural road, with no street lights. It was tricky to see inside the door, there were no lights on.”
The car had been fitted with a black box data recorder and so investigators were able to see the exact movements of the car before it crashed.
The data showed the girls had been to a McDonald’s outlet in Basingstoke and had then started to drive back home after eating.
The girls were travelling at about 73mph, roughly the limit of the road, up until about four seconds before the crash.
Then the car mounted the grassy central reservation, at which point driver Ella corrected her Fiat back on to the Tarmac but oversteered.
The vehicle slewed out of control and crashed into a tree, travelling at 35mph at the point of impact.
A toxicology report found she had a small amount of alcohol in her blood, but it was less than a quarter of the drink-drive limit.
She also had a therapeutic level of the anti-depressant citalopram in her body.
Aimee did not have any alcohol in her blood when it was tested.
North Hampshire Coroner Andrew Bradley said at the hearing in Basingstoke: “There was no apparent reason why she left the road and collided with a tree. Both deaths were accidental.”
The family of Ella, from Basingstoke, said in a statement: “No words can ever express the sorrow and heartbreak we feel.”
Aimee’s family, from Hook, Hants, said: “Our beautiful Aimee, our angel, such a unique and amazingly gifted soul, who always had time and patience for anybody, destined for great things but taken far too soon.”