Driver, 17, killed after failing to stop at give-way
A TEENAGE driver was killed in a crash after she failed to stop at a give-way sign.
The inquest into the death of Laura-Louise Salford heard she hit a van near Walkington.
Laura, 17, of Rotherham, who was driving a black Toyota Aygo, was heading along Newbald Road towards the junction with Coppleflat Lane when she crashed into a yellow Citroen van travelling from Beverley towards Walkington on June 1.
After hearing evidence from witnesses, including the driver of the van and crash investigators, coroner Rosemary Baxter recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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She said: "Having listened to all of the evidence presented I have to rule, on the balance of probabilities, this death was a result of a tragic accident."
Laura, who was travelling home from Bridlington with two friends, died from head injuries.
Glen Simpson, the driver of the van, told the inquest how he no time to react.
"As I got to the crossroads, out the corner of my eye I saw a black car coming into me and I went straight into the car," he said.
"I managed to get out of the van and went over to the car. The driver looked dead to me."
The inquest heard driving conditions were fine and there was no indication either vehicle was breaking the speed limit.
Ian Clark, collision investigator, said Laura, who had only recently passed her test, may have relied heavily on the satellite navigation system she was using.
"In relation to the routes taken earlier in the day, the sat nav would have told them what to do along that stretch of road," he said. "I drove the route using the exact same sat nav and the next place it was telling me to adjust my route was a quarter of a mile further down the road."