Bid for improvements to death crash road in Oulton
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:19 24 April 2015
Improvements to a busy stretch of road near Lowestoft, where two people have died in the past five years, have been discussed, an inquest has heard.
Highways officials have met at the B1375 road at Parkhill in Oulton, which has also seen two serious collisions and two minor collisions in this time.
Potential improvements, including reducing the speed limit and increased signage, emerged in a police officer’s statement read out by the assistant coroner at the inquest into the “tragic” death of a popular Lowestoft man, whose car left the road and ended up on its roof last year.
On Wednesday, an inquest heard that the “much-loved” Daniel Casteleiro suffered fatal injuries after losing control of the silver Renault Clio he was driving to work. The car subsequently collided with a tree and flipped onto its roof at Parkhill at about 8.25am on August 23.
The inquest, at St Margaret’s House in Lowestoft, heard that a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a severe head injury following a road traffic collision and revealed he was more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Mr Casteleiro, 25, of Payne Street, was a builder and was driving to work in Blundeston when the fatal crash happened.
In a statement read out by the assistant coroner, Yvonne Blake, for Mr Casteleiro’s mother Tracy, he was described as a “much-loved person, who had played such a big part in so many lives.”
A former Fen Park Primary School, Kirkley Middle School and Kirkley High School pupil, he went to Lowestoft College for an apprenticeship in bricklaying at 16. He worked for a couple of different companies before joining Tredwell Developments in Blundeston in 2012.
The statement added Mr Casteleiro “absolutely loved his work,” and his family “meant the world to him.” As well as being a “loyal friend,” he was described as being a “good driver” and he “had a very bright future” ahead of him.
In statements read out by the assistant coroner, one witness described seeing Daniel’s car “going quite fast” prior to the collision.
A statement from Pc Andrew Fossey, of Suffolk Police’s serious collision investigation team, was read out with details given of the crash scene. It said that it was a dry sunny day with good visibility and the road surface was in a good condition.
With tyre markings on the ground, Pc Fossey’s statement said: “It was clear the vehicle was following a tight radius,” as it appeared Daniel lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to negotiate the left hand bend. The vehicle hit the kerb, causing the vehicle to roll, with the roof of the car hitting the tree. The statement added: “The car was probably travelling in excess of 60mph.”
A section of the road was closed for six hours after the crash while police collision investigators carried out their inquiries.
The car was later checked by police, with no faults or defects found in the vehicle,
Toxicology tests indicated that Daniel had a blood alcohol level, which “was just over double the legal limit,” according to the assistant coroner. His family said he had gone out for a couple of pints the night before with a friend, but both were working the next day.
Recording a narrative conclusion, assistant coroner Yvonne Blake said: “I do hope they make some improvements to the road and perhaps reduce the speed limit. Whatever the cause we have seen a very nice young man who has died in a fatal collision – that is tragic.
“Daniel died from a severe head injury following a road traffic collision, I extend my sincere condolences to all the family at this very tragic time.”
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