Blackburn dad nearly twice drink drive limit when car smashed into house on Grane Road (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn dad nearly twice drink drive limit when car smashed into house on Grane Road
A FATHER-of-three was nearly twice the drink-driving limit when his car became ‘airborne’ then careered through three front gardens before smashing into a nearby house, an inquest heard.
Eighteen-year-old front seat passenger Taiyeeb Shah, who spent six days in hospital with a punctured lung after the crash, said he suspected Mohammed Nasser Nassib was driving erratically along the Grane Road in Haslingden because he had been drinking, Burnley Coroner’s Court was told.
Mr Shah suddenly felt himself ‘snap back like he was on a rollercoaster’ as he felt the car soar through the air, before ‘everything went black’.
Police accident investigator Pc Philip Walker said Mr Nassib’s Vauxhall Vectra had struck a nearside kerb, the car had spun and, after the driver tried to correct the mistake, left the road and ploughed through the top half of a hedge.
The car eventually went through three gardens before colliding with the front wall of a house in Grane Road, the inquest heard.
The inquest was told Mr Nassib, 33, of Ashworth Close, Blackburn, had picked up the teenager and they were en-route to Rochdale to meet friends when the collision occurred near the junction for Heap Clough Quarry.
Dr Walid Salman, a consultant pathologist, said that Mr Nassib died as a result of “multiple severe injuries”. Toxicology tests showed he also had 158mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood — the legal limit is 80mg.
Recording an accidental death verdict, East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor said: “It is clear that he had had too much to drink, was not wearing a seat belt and was driving too fast.”
The inquest heard that the Vectra had been approaching a right-hand bend, but the driver should have been able to negotiate it if the car was being driven below the 50mph speed limit for the stretch.