Reydon/Blythburgh: Young driver Samuel Queen ‘lost control’ of his Toyota MR2 sports car before fatal accident, inquest hears
18:54 09 January 2014
A 21-year-old man died when he lost control of his sports car and collided with a tree just five days after passing his driving test, an inquest has heard.
Samuel Queen had been travelling on the A1095 towards Reydon when the single-vehicle accident happened near to the junction with the A12 at Blythburgh on June 10 last year.
Mr Queen, of Broadside Park Farm, Lowestoft Road, Reydon, was thrown from his black Toyota MR2 sports car by the force of the collision.
He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance but died later the same day from multiple injuries.
Coroner Peter Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death during an inquest in Lowestoft on Tuesday
Dr Dean said Mr Queen had held a motorcycle licence for about four years but had passed his car test just five days before the accident after completing a five-day accelerated course. He had bought the MR2 sports car the day after passing his test.
Dr Dean said witnesses had reported that Mr Queen’s car had been travelling very fast and appeared to be out of control and swerving from side to side shortly before colliding with a tree.
An examination of the vehicle by police found the braking system was in poor condition but there were no defects that could have caused the collision itself.
The investigation also found that Mr Queen had not been using his mobile phone before the accident and was not under the influence of drink or drugs.
Dr Dean said the collision investigator believed Mr Queen would have been aware of the undulating nature of the road as a result of riding his motorcycle there and the most plausible cause of the accident was excess speed.
He said Mr Queen may have also been distracted by a packet of cigarettes, which he was believed to have been holding at the time of the collision. Mr Queen was a former Bungay High School student and had recently secured a job as an apprentice chef at The Crown in Southwold.
After the accident, Mr Queen’s heartbroken mother told how her son was her “world”.