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Bowler Daniel died after losing control on bend; Shepley car crash inquest.

Byline: DAVE HIMELFIELD News Reporter

A YOUNG bowler died in a head-on crash after 'overcorrecting' to prevent his car from sliding, an inquest heard yesterday. Daniel Peace, 20, was killed when his Renault Clio veered into the path of an oncoming Audi, on Penistone Road, near Shepley, last September.

Mr Peace, from Bluebell Avenue, Penistone, was on his way home after bowling for his club, Jackson Bridge, at Brockholes, when he lost control of his car on a bend.

The inquest, at Huddersfield Coroner's Court, heard Mr Peace had 'overcorrected' when the tail of his car slid out causing the vehicle to veer into the path of an oncoming car.

Police crash investigator PC Martin Ward told the inquest Mr Peace's speed on the bend - approximately 50mph - may have felt 'uncomfortable' but was safe even though the road was wet.

The inquest was told Mr Peace's car spun and was hit by the oncoming car on the passenger side at a combined speed of up to 40mph before his car hit a drystone wall at the side of the road.

The court heard Mr Peace, who had started work with his father at a joinery business, died of a basal skull fracture which would have killed him almost instantly.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Coroner Tim Ratcliffe said: "The speed on the bend was a speed which the road and the vehicle, in good condition, would accommodate, but it was on the high side.

"It isn't clear how Daniel came to lose control of the vehicle, but he clearly did.

"The most likely sequence of events was Daniel, for one reason or another, allowed the rear end to swing round a little and he corrected - possibly overcorrected - and the vehicle moved in the opposite direction and continued to move forward and collided with a vehicle on the opposite side of the road."

Mr Peace lived with his parents and sister, and had a steady girlfriend. ? Daniel had been bowling since he was a young boy and was highly regarded. He bowled for Penistone and for South Yorkshire Juniors, but also turned out for Jackson Bridge in the Dearne and Don League for some years.

Daniel had bowled for the club in the Littlewood Cup for many years and had secured a place in Huddersfield bowling history in 2007 when he won the Huddersfield Junior Bowling League's Under 16 Boys competition at Thongsbridge.


| TRAGEDY: Daniel Peace, bowling as a youngster
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2013
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