Accidental death ruling on fatal car crash

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A Daventry man who died in a car crash was found to be more than four times the drink-drive limit.

Robert Pejas, 39, lived with his wife, Matgorzata, 42, and two children, at Arnull Crescent on the Headlands estate. He died in September after his car, a red Toyota Corolla, crashed into a tree in Thames Road on the Grange estate.

An inquest held at County Hall, Northampton, yesterday (Wednesday) heard that 
Mr Pejas had drunk beer 
before going to a friend’s house for a party where he started drinking vodka.

The inquest heard from a witness who said that Mr Pejas wanted the keys to a car to drive home even though he had been drinking. Friends attempted to stop him from driving the car,

Dr David Fattah, a consultant histopathologist at Northampton General Hospital who carried out the post mortem, said there were 351 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of Mr Pejas’s blood. The legal limit is 80. He described the amount as “gross intoxication”.

PC Brian Johnson, from the collision investigation team at Northamptonshire Police, told the inquest that he believed Mr Pejas had exceeded the speed limit and was not wearing a seatbelt before the accident. The inquest heard he only had a provisional UK driving licence which meant he should not have been driving unsupervised.

Anne Pember, senior coroner for Northampton, said: “He consumed a lot of alcohol before and during the party and when he returned home. What a shame that his friends were unsuccessful in preventing him from driving.

“For reasons unknown, after returning home he drove again along Thames Road before colliding with a tree,” she added.

“I am shocked by the level of alcohol in his system.

“My conclusion is that Mr Pejas’ death was accidental. I am very sorry for your loss.”