Fatal crash caused by drink-driver

A double fatality in Hethersett was caused by a drink-driver travelling at 120mph – more than three times the speed limit, an inquest heard.

Sara-Jayne Page, 29, was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when her car hit another vehicle and then crashed into a tree on the B1172 Norwich road in Hethersett, killing her.

The front-seat passenger, Trevor Bunn, a 30-year-old father-of-three, also died following the crash.

Mr Bunn's friend, Oliver Wood, who was in the back-seat, survived despite suffering serious injuries in the crash, which happened just after 11pm on June 11.

Yesterday's Norwich inquest heard that Miss Page and two friends had spent three hours that night drinking nearly a litre bottle of vodka between them. Miss Page, a cleaner, had 192mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drink-drive limit is 80mg.

In summing up, Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said: 'The responsibility for these two deaths rests entirely with Sara. This was not an accident.

'This tragedy was brought about by Sara driving her car in a thoroughly reckless and irresponsible fashion when she was clearly unfit to drive through drink. If Sara had survived she would now be serving a substantial prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.'

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Mr Armstrong recorded verdicts of death as a result of a road traffic collision, and the cause of death for both was multiple injuries.

The inquest earlier heard that Miss Page, of Park Close, Hethersett, had spent from 7pm to 10pm drinking with a friend.

After she left she was next seen at the memorial park in Hethersett, sitting behind the wheel of her Volvo 850, at about 10.45pm.

Mr Bunn, of Muriel Kenny Court, Hethersett, and Mr Wood were both at the park and both got into her car.

Miss Page, who had two daughters, was pronounced dead at the scene and Mr Bunn died at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital the following day.

david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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