The Vauxhall Astra struck trees off the A323 between Fleet and Aldershot in May
A teenage driver died after his car left the road and crashed into trees, an inquest heard on Tuesday, August 13.
Luke Pitt, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash on the A323 between Fleet and Aldershot during the early hours of May 25.
He was driving a Vauxhall Astra – bought by his friend and front seat passenger Richard Baldwin just hours earlier.
Mr Baldwin suffered serious leg injuries and is still undergoing treatment, the inquest at Alton was told.
Their car was travelling towards Aldershot when it came off the road and collided with three trees at about 12.50am.
A post mortem examination revealed Mr Pitt, a Fleet lad and former pupil of Calthorpe Park School, died of massive traumatic injury.
Tests revealed he had 81 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, just over the 80mg drink-drive limit.
Coroner Andrew Bradley told the family: “The only comfort I can give you is that Luke did not suffer. It was an instantaneous death.”
Mr Baldwin, who came into the inquest on crutches, said Luke loved cars and would often visit him in his garage in Fleet.
He added that the day before the accident he had finished work and gone home to North Camp to get ready to go out.
He said he did not remember anything after that until he came round in hospital.
Patrick Pritchard was working as a doorman at The Emporium pub in Fleet on the night of the accident.
He told the inquest that the pair came into the pub and that he knew Mr Pitt from working at The Point youth centre in the town.
Mr Pritchard said he later had to ask Mr Baldwin to leave because he was intoxicated.
“Luke didn't seem drunk at all,” said Mr Pritchard. “He was his normal self.”
Mr Pritchard said he watched them walk past Jaxx nightclub towards the taxi rank so thought they were getting a taxi home.
Edward Greer gave evidence as he had been driving on the A323 from Aldershot when the incident happened.
He said he did not drive very quickly on the road as it was ‘hazardous’ due to the number of dips and blind bends.
He said he came across the Vauxhall Astra in the bushes and got no response from the driver or passenger.
“I tried to free some of the doors but there was no chance,” he said.
PC Ben Wagstaff told the inquest he arrived at the crash scene to find the majority of the front of the car was missing.
The windscreen had caved in, the engine was in a nearby ditch and Mr Baldwin was trapped by a bent pillar.
Accident investigator Antony Johnson said that the crash had been caused by Mr Pitt’s failure to negotiate a bend in the road.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Bradley said that Mr Pitt was an inexperienced driver who held a provisional licence and that he was driving a car he was unfamiliar with.