Family of Callum Howitt of North Walsham who died in a road accident pay tribute to him after inquest
PUBLISHED: 16:24 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 22 August 2017
The family of 21-year-old man who died of his injuries after a car accident have paid tribute to him.
An inquest into the death of Callum Howitt, of Mundesley Road, North Walsham, was held in Norwich today (Monday, August 21).
Mr Howitt lost control of his car on B1150 Norwich Road at Westwick and crashed into the wall of an unoccupied cottage just before 2.30am on February 5.
He was taken by ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), and then transferred to Addenbrooke’s, where he died later that day.
After the inquest, Mr Howitt’s family released a statement which spoke of their heartbreak.
It read: “We are suffering the worst tragedy that any family should have to bear.
“Our son Callum Howitt died in peace on February 5 at Addenbrooke’s surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
“On that day a hole was torn out of our hearts which will never heal.
“We would like to say thank you to the emergency services and hospital staff who fought to save his life, friends and family who paid their respects. Always in our hearts.”
Mr Howitt was driving his Peugeot 106 towards Norwich when the accident happened.
PC Lee Smart, collision investigation officer, said at the hearing Mr Howitt lost control of the vehicle directly after a right-hand bend and left the road.
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It was a foggy night and there was no nearby street lighting.
PC Smart said a blood test done after Mr Howitt was admitted to the NNUH found he had 62mg per 100ml of blood, below the legal limit of 80mg per 100ml.
PC Smart said the car left the road due to a harsh steer and then an overcorrection.
He said that while it was not known was exactly caused the harsh steering, the fog and alcohol consumed would have had an effect.
PC Smart said: “When you are driving in the fog it’s very easy to become disorientated.”
Mr Howitt had only had his licence for 14 months.
There were no witnesses to the collision, and no evidence any other vehicles, people or animals were around that could have played a role.
Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner, gave a short, narrative conclusion that Mr Howitt died after a single-vehicle road traffic collision.
She also offered her sympathy to Mr Howitt’s family.