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PremierLeague-News.Com - An inquest has heard that Benjamin Harvey, 37, died after his silver Audi A3 Sport came off the road and hit a wall earlier this year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A dad-of-four described as having a 'heart of gold' was likely speeding and was 'profoundly intoxicated' when his car came off the road and hit a wall, an inquest into his death has heard. Benjamin Harvey, 37, died after he lost control of his silver Audi A3 Sport and crashed on a bend on the A560 Brinksway in Stockport. The incident happened close to the Pyramid on the outskirts of the town centre shortly after 1.30am in June this year, with paramedics racing to the scene. But Mr Harvey, who was from Bredbury, could not be saved. Paramedics raced to the scene following the crash shortly after 1:30am on June 5 but scrap dealer Mr Harvey, from Bredbury, could not be saved. An inquest into his death held on Wednesday heard police had used CCTV footage to calculate that Mr Harvey had been travelling at around 56mph some 600 metres or so prior to the collision scene, the Manchester Evening News reports. READ MORE: Calls for neighbouring Cheshire councils to 'pitch in' on Tatton Park costs And in a forensic collision reconstruction report read at the hearing, PC Paul Terry said it was 'possible he may still have been travelling in the region of 56mph when he entered the series of bends.' The treads of the tyres were all found to be above the legal limit and there were no mechanical defects found on the car with an expert engineer describing it as being in a 'satisfactory and roadworthy' condition. PC Terry said the evidence suggested 'Mr Harvey may have attempted to negotiate these bends whilst driving at a speed that was too fast for the vehicle to be able to maintain a grip on the road surface.' Benjamin Harvey was killed in the collision (Image: Benjamin Harvey) He said that it was possible that after negotiating the first right-hand bend and turning into the second, left-hand bend that the car began to 'slide across the road surface.' He concluded: "Mr Harvey may have entered the series of bends at a speed that would have been difficult for any driver to negotiate. Whilst his level of intoxication was likely to have impaired his judgement and reduced his ability to react effectively to a loss of control." Senior Investigating Officer in the case Brian Orr concurred saying: "Taking all the evidence into account I feel it's fair to say that Benjamin's manner of driving has contributed to this collision and his subsequent death. The manner of his driving was further aggravated by his level of impairment from the high level of alcohol in his system.
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.' Toxicologist Dr Martin said analysis showed that at post-mortem Mr Harvey had a blood alcohol concentration of 307mg/dL, the legal limit for driving being 80mg/dL. She said this was 'consistent with profound intoxication.' The inquest was dealt with on a documentary basis with no witnesses being called and no family were present at the short hearing at South Manchester Coroner's Court in Stockport. (Image: MEN Media) Area Coroner Chris Morris said: "Mr Harvey was tragically killed in a single vehicle road traffic collision on June 5 on the A560 Brinksway, opposite Stockport Powder Coating. In that collision, his car has left the carriageway after having apparently failed to negotiate the second of two bends and he has come into collision with a brick wall. "It has been suggested that prior to the collision he was travelling well in excess of the posted speed limit for that stretch of road and was also profoundly intoxicated having used alcohol. Given the evidence it's very likely these two significant factors have contributed to this collision, bearing in mind no mechanical defaults have been found with the vehicle in question." Recording a conclusion of Road Traffic Collision he said Mr Harvey died "as a result of injuries sustained when the Audi motor vehicle he was driving lost control and struck a brick wall." "It's probable that driving at high speed whilst intoxicated through alcohol use has contributed to the fatal collision" he added. Following his death, Mr Harvey's former partner, and mother to his four-year-old son, Charlotte Cawley said he was the 'best dad' and that she had been left 'absolutely heartbroken' following his sudden death. She told the Manchester Evening News he had a 'heart of gold.' A large number of flowers and messages were also left at the scene. Friend Wayne Phillips said: "Ben was a legend and always helped you out if he could, every time I saw him he was always working and always had one of his kids with him. He will be sadly missed by his pals, family and kids." NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here READ NEXT: Mum's heartbreak after four miscarriages that doctors can't explain Teenager dives into Cheshire canal to rescue woman and keeps her afloat until help arrives Ellesmere Port pub named in honour of England football legend Joe Mercer knocked down Cheshire street endures 'one of worst cases of noise nuisance' as dogs bark constantly "I do all my stuff here": Frustration as town's last bank closes
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