Joe Keet died of multiple injuries after crash on Heath Road in Soberton

Daily Echo: Road crash victim was not wearing seat belt Road crash victim was not wearing seat belt

A MAN died when his drink-driving cousin crashed their car and ploughed into a tree on a Hampshire country road, an inquest heard.

Joe Keet, 38, suffered multiple injuries when he was thrown through the windscreen during the collision on Heath Road, Soberton.

At a Southampton inquest a coroner ruled that the “loss of concentration” by driver Harry Keet had caused the crash but that Joe Keet’s failure to wear a seatbelt had ultimately claimed his life.

Harry Keet, 20, was previously sentenced to 16 months in jail and handed a five-year driving ban after pleading guilty to causing death while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The inquest heard how both men – from a travelling family – left the Bold Forester pub in Soberton shortly before 10pm on September 22 last year.

Their silver Ford Fiesta left the carriageway a short way down the road and crashed into a tree – throwing the older man from the vehicle and onto the bonnet.

The groundworker from Firgrove Lane, North Boarhunt, was declared dead at the scene while his cousin – who was wearing a seatbelt – needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises and was subsequently arrested after being found to be over the drink-driving limit.

Southampton coroner Grahame Short recorded a road traffic accident verdict and said: “He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and as a result of that crash he suffered multiple injuries.”

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10:10pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Stubs says...

I thought wearing a seat belt was the law.
I thought wearing a seat belt was the law. Stubs
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8:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

Huey says...

Stubs wrote:
I thought wearing a seat belt was the law.
He was from a traveling family, and they are usually pretty good at obeying the law, right?
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: I thought wearing a seat belt was the law.[/p][/quote]He was from a traveling family, and they are usually pretty good at obeying the law, right? Huey
  • Score: 4

8:38am Mon 9 Jun 14

sparkster says...

seat belts are there for a reason, if you dont use them then be prepared to go through the windscreen. I think older cars arent fitted with them. Im sorry the guy lost his life but perhaps this may be a warning to others to use a seatbelt
seat belts are there for a reason, if you dont use them then be prepared to go through the windscreen. I think older cars arent fitted with them. Im sorry the guy lost his life but perhaps this may be a warning to others to use a seatbelt sparkster
  • Score: 0

9:24am Mon 9 Jun 14

HorndeanSaint says...

Stubs wrote:
I thought wearing a seat belt was the law.
So is not driving when over the legal limit for alcohol consumption Stubs. Didn't you spot that? Both were breaking the laws which are put there to protect us and other road users and, sadly paid the price.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: I thought wearing a seat belt was the law.[/p][/quote]So is not driving when over the legal limit for alcohol consumption Stubs. Didn't you spot that? Both were breaking the laws which are put there to protect us and other road users and, sadly paid the price. HorndeanSaint
  • Score: 3

9:27pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

Both thought they were above the law, both have paid a price, one with his liberty, the other with his life, glad no one else was caught up in this.
Both thought they were above the law, both have paid a price, one with his liberty, the other with his life, glad no one else was caught up in this. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Unknowngirl says...

You are really **** sick
You are really **** sick Unknowngirl
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Unknowngirl says...

I think your wrong for commenting on this keep your option is aload of ****
I think your wrong for commenting on this keep your option is aload of **** Unknowngirl
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