Great Bealings man with love of speed died after losing control of his vehicle in Bromeswell
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 07 October 2016
A Great Bealings youngster known for his love of speed was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and collided with an oncoming car, an inquest heard yesterday.
Andrew Keep, aged 22 and a technician at Nedging Auto Centre in Ipswich, died after the Honda Prelude he was driving collided with a Ford C-Max on the B1084 at Bromeswell, near the junction for the A1152, at about 8.20pm on January 21.
At the time of ambulance crews arriving at the scene, police officers were performing CPR on Mr Keep. Efforts were continued by paramedics, however he could not be revived.
Mr Keep had been ejected from his vehicle during the collision, and was laying on a grass verge by the side of the road.
He was found to have suffered multiple injuries, including a number of broken ribs, a fractured arm and pelvis and lacerations to a number of internal organs.
Pathologist Dr Julian Orrell attributed the cause of death to multiple injuries.
Speaking at the inquest Pc Cribb, who attended the scene of the collision on the night, said the Honda was so “catastrophically damaged” that evidence on Mr Keeps’ speed could not be confirmed. However, witness reports suggest the Honda was travelling in excess of 80mph on the 60mph stretch of road.
Mr Cribb added that there were no adverse weather conditions, or issues with the condition of the road.
“The Honda was very badly damaged,” he said. “The rear of the car was on the verge in front of the Ford, and several metres further along the road was where the front of the car was.
“About 14 metres behind the Ford was where the body of Mr Keep laid.
“This was a high speed collision.”
He added that a tyre mark on the approach to where the collision happened indicated that the Honda had been “out of control while trying to negotiate that right-hand bend”.
He said it was likely that Mr Keep had attempted to rectify the situation by applying “harsh steering to the right” which had led him into the path of the oncoming Ford.
“The speed of the car was simply too great,” said Pc Cribbs.
Mr Keep had attended Bealings Primary School and Kesgrave High School.
A statement written by his father, Pat Keep, said: “He was an extremely competent and skilful driver, but he liked to challenge himself with his driving abilities.”
No traces of drugs or alcohol were found on either driver, and there is no evidence to suggest that either had been using their mobile phones at the time of the collision.
Coroner Kevin McCarthy said: “Andrew was only 22 when he died.
“The words ‘liked to challenge himself’ keep ringing in my mind.
“It was not a deliberate act. Young men and women of 22 are not always as cautious as they might be because they have not yet got life’s experience.”
He recorded the cause of death as road traffic collision.