Driver was not wearing seatbelt

A YOUNG man not wearing a seatbelt died after he lost control of his car on a Fen road.

Ross Anderson (24) was travelling to QV Foods along Whittlesey Road, March, on the afternoon of August 25 when he went off the road.

On Wednesday, coroner William Morris heard Mr Anderson apparently lost control of the red Mini Cooper after coming around a tight left bend. The car went off the road and hit the side of a drainage ditch before coming to rest on its roof.

Mr Anderson was thrown through the driver’s window and died of head injuries at the scene.

Mark Prince, of Middle Drove, March, was driving along Whittlesey Road when his passenger spotted the car in the field. Mr Prince, who has medical experience from the armed forces, tried his best to save Mr Anderson but his injuries were too severe.

At the post mortem, a blood alcohol level of 61 milligrammes was found – the legal driving limit is 80 milligrammes. Susan Anderson said her son would have a drink when he finished work at 11pm.

Collision investigator PC Peter Bimson said Mr Anderson was not going over the speed limit at the time and there were no defects with the car or road. No other vehicles were involved.

Mrs Anderson suggested perhaps he swerved to avoid something, as he seemed to take an unusual path off the road. However, PC Bimson suspected he may have decelerated around the bend, causing the car to oversteer to the left and losing control.

Mr Morris gave a verdict of accidental death.