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Crash motorist was over drink-drive limit
7:20am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A CHELMSFORD man was double the legal drink-drive limit when he died after his car smashed into an oncoming vehicle.
Matthew Parkinson, 37, was killed when his Citroen Xsara Picasso was involved in a crash with Megan Gooch’s VW Caddy on the A414, near Writtle, on Friday, February 1.
He was travelling towards Chelmsford at 6.45pm and died of multiple injuries at the scene.
Miss Gooch, a florist who was engaged to be married, suffered a broken leg and a crushed ankle.
An inquest heard Mr Parkinson lost control of his car on a wide sweeping right-hand bend in the road, near Cooksmill Green.
His car veered on to the opposite side of the road, and the nearside of the Citroen collided with the nearside of the VW. Mr Parkinson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, went through his Citroen’s windscreen.
An onlooker said Mr Parkinson had overtaken several vehicles on the A414.
PC Stephen Perrett gave evidence at the inquest. He said: “Mr Parkinson’s death is unlikely to be down to excessive speed as the curve in the road is wide and sweeping. I think he must have lost control of his car shortly before the collision.
“Miss Gooch, who we estimate was travelling at under 50mph, was faced with a sudden, unexpected vehicle crossing into her path and she would have had no time to react.
“Mr Parkinson, who was travelling in excess of Miss Gooch’s speed, may have survived if he had been wearing a seatbelt.”
A toxicology report showed Mr Parkinson’s blood alcohol level was 173mgs alcohol to 100ms blood.
Coroner Caroline Beasley Murray ruled he died because of a road traffic collision.
Mr Parkinson’s partner and sister-in-law were present at the inquest as were Miss Gooch’s mother, father, mother’s partner and solicitor.
Brenda Gooch, Megan’s mum, said her daughter was still “trying to piece her life back together.”
She added: “We were worried the wedding would have to be called off – but she got married in June.”
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