Builder who died in crash was over limit

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A BUILDER who died in a car crash was more than two times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit and speed­ing, an inquest heard.

Lee Wood, 22, died on June 11, fol­low­ing the col­li­sion on the A2070 at Bren­zett.

The in­ci­dent took place near the round­about where the A259 meets the A2070.

An inquest at Ash­ford court on Thurs­day heard how Mr Wood’s BMW Z3 clipped the trailer of an ar­tic­u­lated lorry, crashed into an­other car and went off the road.

Mr Wood, who lived in Wick­ford, Es­sex, was found to be do­ing a min­i­mum of 80mph when his car hit the kerb.

He had been wear­ing his seat­belt but it had snapped with the im­pact and he was thrown from the car.

PC Terry Collins said: “For the col­li­sion to take place there would have had to be a lack of con­trol on the part of Mr Wood.

“It must be as­sumed that his car crossed to the wrong side of the road.”

Record­ing a ver­dict of acci- den­tal death, coro­ner Rachel Red­man said: “His ve­hi­cle ro­tated clock­wise into the path of an­other car.

“Mr Wood lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and this was as a re­sult of ex­cess speed and ex­cess al­co­hol.”

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