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Alcohol and tiredness may have caused Stone driver's death

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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ALCOHOL and tiredness could have caused an accident in which a Stone driver died an inquest heard.

Julie Johnson’s blue Peugot 206 convertible hit two fence posts and rolled over landing on its roof on the B5026 Stone to Eccleshall road.

She was found by a motorist at 3.30am on November 30 last year at the entrance to Little Micklow Farm.

The 25-year-old had been to a party with her family and partner who left after an argument, the hearing at Cannock coroner's court was told.

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Miss Johnson, of Churchill Road, Walton, Stone, returned home with her father but left again taking her dog with her.

A post mortem revealed she was nearly twice over the drink drive limit and concluded she had died of multiple injuries.

Collision investigator PC Christopher Clarke said she had probably been travelling towards Eccleshall when the accident happened.

“The car left the road on the nearside, continued across the verge until it collided with a fence pose at the entrance to Little Micklow Farm.

“The driver was intoxicated which would probably affect her ability to control the vehicle.”

Investigating officer PC Andrew Talbot said: “(Her partner) believed she was taking the dog for a walk but he woke some time later because Julie wasn’t there and realised the car had gone.”

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said there were a number of factors which could have caused the accident including tiredness, alcohol and being distracted by the dog.

“I’m aware she had been at a social event and we are talking about 2.30am – that’s a likely factor,” he said.

“Her alcohol level was close to twice the drink drive limit. That’s likely to have affected her driving ability. She might have been distracted by the dog. Those I feel are the most likely factors but beyond that I can’t really come to any conclusion with any certainty.”

Giving the cause of death as multiple injuries he gave a conclusion of road traffic accident.

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