Crash victim described by Norwich coroner as “amazing young man”

A coroner described a teenager who was killed when travelling in his best friend's car as an 'amazing young man'.

Taylor High died on March 26 this year when his friend Jamie Gibbs crashed into oncoming traffic on the A17 while trying to overtake a Ford Transit van.

Mr Gibbs was spared jail at the request of Mr High's parents, Gary and Elaine High, and the 21-year-old was given a 12-month suspended sentence.

Yesterday at the inquest in Norwich, coroner William Armstrong recorded a verdict of death caused by a car collision.

Norwich Coroner's Court heard Mr Gibbs was travelling at more than 50mph on the A17 King's Lynn to Sleaford Road at Clenchwarton when he swerved across the single carriageway.


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Mr High from Lowestoft was in the front passenger seat of the Renault Clio and as Mr Gibbs came back into his lane after overtaking traffic he lost control of the car.

Traffic investigator PC Nicholas Kett said: 'There was insufficient space to slow the vehicle, putting him (Mr High) into the path of the oncoming Peugeot.

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'The driver tried to steer to the left, but didn't have enough time or distance to avoid the collision.

He said the crash was 'a direct consequence of ill-judged overtaking'.

PC Richard Peck told the inquest Mr Gibbs lost control on the sweeping left hand bend after overtaking several vehicles.

Mr Gibbs of Hall Road, Oulton Broad took responsibility for the crash.

Mr and Mrs High have raised almost �10,000 for good causes in their son's name.

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