78-year-old who died after overtaking mistake never had licence
A 78-YEAR-OLD Skegness man died after losing control of his vehicle while overtaking.
Raymond Drago, was travelling along Marsh Lane, Addlethorpe, on April 1 when his vehicle veered off the road and collided with a tree.
An inquest held at Spilsby Registration Office heard that Mr Drago appeared to panic as he pulled out into oncoming traffic, pulling back sharply and losing control of the black Suzuki Swift he was travelling in.
The court also heard that Mr Drago was not a full licence holder and that there was no evidence that he had passed a driving test.
FREE BOILER !!! FREE BOILER !!!LANDLORDS / TENANTS & HOMEOWNERS,...View details
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE BOILER ??? IF YOU ARE IN RECEIT OF TAX CREDITS, PENSION CREDITS, INCOME SUPPORT, JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCE OR DISABILITY, THEN GIVE YOUR LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY A CALL NOW.
Terms: TS & CS APPLY
Contact: 01472 803004
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
One witness, Patricia Hempstead, who was travelling in oncoming traffic, said: "The car seemed to be out of control as it was going too fast. I thought it was a young driver in the car."
Craig Smith from Grimsby said he had assumed that the driver was a "boy racer."
Other motorists disputed this account however, reporting nothing unusual about Mr Drago's driving.
It was also unclear whether or not the car he was driving had made contact with another vehicle before leaving the road.
Emma Taylor, who was driving the vehicle in front of Mr Drago, said: "I can remember him being next to me side-by-side. Then I can remember seeing the car turning over and hitting a tree. I could see lots of dust and everything and then I'm aware of the bang. It just happened so quickly."
Police investigations suggested a dent found on the inside-rear of Mrs Taylor's vehicle was caused by the engine of Mr Drago's car being thrown out on collision with the tree.
Mr Drago was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and he died three days later from multiple organ failure.
Assistant Coroner Richard Marshall came to a conclusion of death as the result of a road traffic accident.
He said: "Mr Drago decided, for reasons which I am not sure we will ever know, to overtake.
"There was oncoming traffic, he clearly realised there was oncoming traffic and decided to take corrective action – that corrective action was too harsh for the conditions."