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Driver in fatal crash in Minster, Sheppey, had taken cocaine and was twice alcohol limit


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A driver who died in a head-on collision was travelling at up to 93mph in a 30mph zone and had taken drugs, an inquest has heard.

Shane Scott, 45, was killed when his grey Ford Fiesta plunged head-on into a white Jaguar coming in the other direction along Minster Road in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

Shane Scott died at the scene
Shane Scott died at the scene

The crash happened on a residential stretch of road and was captured on the CCTV cameras of several nearby homes, as well as being witnessed by a pedestrian.

Scott was travelling at between 82 and 93mph in the 30mph zone, according to the analysis of the CCTV by specialist police accident investigator Simon Masterson.

A witness said she saw the wheels of the Fiesta lift off the ground as it swung round a left-hand bend just before the point of impact.

Scuff marks on the kerb showed that the vehicle had drifted all the way across the single carriageway, running along the kerbstones on the opposite side of the road for 19 metres.

It then struck the Jaguar coming in the opposite direction with such force that even though the Jaguar was the much heavier car, it was shunted backwards 28m from the point of impact.

Shane Scott had 191mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg
Shane Scott had 191mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg

Just prior to the accident, Scott had overtaken driver John Dalton at speed. He described Scott's driving as "erratic and idiotic."

The accident occurred at 9.38pm on Friday, August 6. The weather had been clear and dry, there were no defects on the road, nor any pre-existing defects to Scott's Fiesta, as far as police examiners could tell from the badly mangled wreckage, that would account for the accident.

However, a post-mortem toxicology examination of Scott's blood and urine revealed that he had more than double the permitted level of alcohol in his blood and he had more than 12 times the permitted level of benzoylecgoninen, the metabolite formed in the liver after using cocaine.

The investigating police officer, DC Robert Fursey, told the coroner Bina Patel: "The responsibility for this accident lies entirely with Mr Scott."

Scott, a builder and carpenter, was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene from multiple injuries.

Floral tributes laid in memory of Shane Scott last August
Floral tributes laid in memory of Shane Scott last August

CCTV showed that the driver of the Jaguar had been travelling at around 30mph on his own side of the road when suddenly confronted by the Fiesta heading straight towards on the wrong side of the road.

Mr Masterson said that the Jaguar driver had only seconds to react and although he had tried to swerve out of the way, there had not been time.

Afterwards, he had been trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle and had to be cut free by firefighters. Both he and his female passenger suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to Kings College Hospital. They survived because they were wearing their seatbelts.

Scott had been born and brought up in Sheppey, but had moved away to Greenacre Close, in Boston, Lincolnshire.

He had been back in the area visiting relatives when the accident happened.

He leaves his parents, Vivienne and Arthur Scott of Banner Way, Minster; four sisters, two brothers, and four children – two girls and two boys – aged between three and 28.

Miss Patel recorded the cause of death as road traffic collision.

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