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Bereaved dad's speed plea

PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A GRIEVING father has issued an impassioned plea to motorists to slow down after an inquest heard how his daughter was killed in a horrific high speed crash on a Suffolk road.

A GRIEVING father has issued an impassioned plea to motorists to slow down after an inquest heard how his daughter was killed in a horrific high speed crash on a Suffolk road.

Scott Bowles, 30, from Clare, and passenger Kay Fisher, 28, of Acacia Close, Ipswich, were both killed the accident on the A1092 at Clare on January 12 this year, the inquest heard yesterday.

The coroner was told Mr Bowles had been travelling at up to 102mph in a 40mph zone. He also had more than twice the legal blood alcohol level for driving.

After the inquest, Miss Fisher's devastated father, Paul, also of Acacia Close, said the accident could have been avoided if Mr Bowles had stuck to the speed limit.

Mr Fisher added: "I read somebody say the other day that speed limits are put there for a purpose, so whatever you do, obey them. I think it is worth repeating."

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard Mr Bowles had been drinking with his friend Glenn Pearl in Clare before driving to the Lion pub in Stoke-by-Clare, where they met Miss Fisher and her friend Louise Pearl, Glenn's sister.

Miss Fisher, a former pupil of Copleston High School in Ipswich, had worked as a chef for 10 years and had been planning to set up her own catering firm before the tragedy struck.

Mr Pearl said he did not know how much Mr Bowles, of Hertford Road, had had to drink because he had been drinking heavily himself, but said he remembered the car had been travelling quickly before he came round in the car after the crash.

Mr Pearl was sat in the front passenger seat of the car and the two women were sat in the back.

The inquest heard evidence from Anna Bareham, whose bungalow was struck by Mr Bowles' high-performance Vauxhall Cavalier.

Mrs Bareham said she and her husband Leonard heard a bang and felt their house shake. When she looked out of a front window, she said she saw debris scattered on the lawn.

The inquest also heard that Mr Bowles' blood alcohol level was 189 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of blood – the legal limit is 80.

Medical evidence gave the cause of Mr Bowles' death as a dislocated neck. Miss Fisher's death was caused by multiple skull fractures.

Assistant deputy Greater Suffolk coroner Kevin McCarthy recorded a verdict of accidental death on both Mr Bowles and Miss Fisher.

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