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Inquest told of driver's drinking.

A MOTORIST who was almost three times over the legal drink-drive limit died when his car smashed into a barn, an inquest heard.

Martin Moore, aged 43, of Model Village, Long Itchington, was on his way home from a night out when his car crashed in Welsh Road, Marston Doles, at about 1am on April 13.

The unemployed engineer, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of multiple injuries.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Warwickshire coroner, Michael Coker, said: "Mr Moore has come down the road, lost control of his vehicle and collided with the barn with a considerable impact.

"It seems to me that the alcohol will have had quite a bearing on this incident, and that's something we should all bear in mind, and no seatbelt was worn, which is imperative at all times."

The inquest in Leamington yesterday heard that Mr Moore had drunk at least five pints of cider at the Hollybush pub, in Priors Marston, before getting behind the wheel of his L-registered Audi 100 estate.

Tests revealed 237 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of his blood - the legal limit is 80 - and that he had been taking anti-depressants.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 27, 2005
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