Alcohol involved in fatality

Tributes left at the tree along the Braid at Amble where Dave Jones died in a car crash.
Tributes left at the tree along the Braid at Amble where Dave Jones died in a car crash.

The car crash which killed an Amble father-of-one last year was an accident in which alcohol and speed played a part, the inquest into his death heard this week.

David John Jones, 38, originally from Manchester, but then living in the seaside town’s King Edward Street with his wife Michelle and their infant son Jack, died on the evening of Saturday, November 9.

Around 6.10pm on the night in question, Mr Jones, known as Dave and who worked as a barman, left the Black Bull pub in Warkworth after his shift.

It is believed he was driving home when his red Seat Ibiza left the A1068 on the approach to Amble and collided with a tree, ripping the car in two.

Witness reports referred to the conditions on the night as cold, damp and dark, but not icy and clear in terms of visibility.

Mr Jones was wearing his seatbelt, but it was torn in the collision and he was thrown from the vehicle.

Police received notification of the incident at 6.37pm and, despite attempts at resuscitation, Mr Jones was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.59pm, after suffering multiple head injuries.

Police investigations at the scene revealed that the car’s left front tyre had gone onto the grass verge before the car veered sharply back towards the middle of the road.

In attempting to correct this oversteer by turning the wheel to the left again, the car began to spin and slide across the road, verge and footpath before clipping the first in a line of well-established trees and then colliding with the second.

The inquest heard that Mr Jones’ alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit (80mg/100ml) at 158mg per 100ml of blood.

There was insufficient data for the police investigator to ascertain the speed prior to the collision, but it was thought to be in the region of 60mph – the speed limit on that stretch of road.

North Northumberland Coroner Tony Brown recorded that Mr Jones’ death was the result of an accident.