Bad weather caused tragic accident
BAD weather, poor road markings and lack of experience were some of the contributing factors in the tragic death of a teenage driver who died in a horror smash near Bidford just three days before last Christmas - a Coroner said.
Charles Bateman, from Illshaw Heath Road, Solihull, had only been driving for five months before the accident and was travelling alone in adverse weather conditions when his car was in collision with a Land Rover Freelander on December 22, 2012.
An inquest into the 17 year-old's death, at Leamington Justice Centre, heard that Charles was on his way to an 18th birthday party when the accident happened.
The court heard it had been raining and there was standing water on the Welford Road and Honeybourne Road junction in Bidford at the time of the collision.
Speaking at the inquest, crash investigation officer PC Grant Dumbleton told the court the 'give way' road markings were worn at the junction and were partially covered by standing water.