Crash mum was over the drink-drive limit

PUBLISHED: 07:31 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

A YOUNG mother was killed after drink driving through a village at over 70mph, an inquest has heard. Natalie Cuthbertson, of Mendip Road, Weston, died after losing control of her purple Rover in Mark in February. Ms Cuthbertson was an insurance clerk and

A YOUNG mother was killed after drink driving through a village at over 70mph, an inquest has heard.Natalie Cuthbertson, of Mendip Road, Weston, died after losing control of her purple Rover in Mark in February.Ms Cuthbertson was an insurance clerk and the daughter of well-known Weston builder Graham Haskins. She left behind a daughter Aimee, who was 11 at the time.Witnesses saw the 34-year-old overtake a car at speed. She later crashed through two gardens and into a tree near Wright's Timber Company in Mark Causeway.Opening an inquest last week at Bridgwater House in Bridgwater, coroner Michael Rose said 241mg of alcohol was found in 100ml of Ms Cuthbertson's blood. He said: "We have here a figure three times the drink drive limit."Stephen Yeoman, who was in the front passenger seat of the car, gave evidence wearing a neck brace.He said: "Natalie asked me to get a cigarette out of her bag. I pulled my seatbelt forward and the next thing I knew I came round with an ambulance crew round me."Asked about what Ms Cuthbertson had drunk, Mr Yeoman said: "She had a pint at a pub in Highbridge. She had something to drink the night before, a few bottles of wine. It could still have been in her system."Timber yard worker Martin Ferriday saw the crash. He said: "There's a little kink in the road and she seemed to drift to the other side of the road and then braked suddenly and went left into the next-door-but-one garden, through another garden and then hit a tree."Collision investigator PC David Land said: "The Rover steered hard to the left. It may have been an over reaction to having encroached on the offside. The Rover was travelling in excess of 70mph."Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Rose said: "This is a tragic accident, one which has left an 11-year-old daughter without a mother."There is no evidence that the vast amount of alcohol was taken at that pub and one is left with the slight feeling that it may have been taken in vast quantities the night before. For some reason she overreacted, took the car to the left, crashed through a garden and into a tree and, as a result, was killed instantly while the passenger was badly injured.

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