Coroner calls for improved road safety measures at scene of fatal crash

For illustration purposes only, Fodderdyke Bank.
For illustration purposes only, Fodderdyke Bank.

A coroner is calling for improved safety measures on a road near Boston along which a man from Alford lost his life last year.

Joshua Booth died on September 14, aged 22, after the Peugeot 206 GTI he was driving left Fodderdyke Bank, near New Leake, and entered a ditch.

On Wednesday, an inquest into his death was held at Spilsby Coroner’s Court.

Speaking to The Standard following the hearing, HM senior coroner for Central Lincolnshire Stuart Fisher said he would be making three recommendations to highways chiefs after finding that the road condition was ‘a contributory factor to the collision’.

“The road is heavily subsided right across the carriageway,” he said. “That area of subsidence is only 75m due east of where he left the road.”

The first recommendation, he said, would be that ‘steps are taken to repair the relevant section of the subsidence’.

This, he said, ‘may have contributed to the loss of control of the vehicle’.

The second recommendation would be that a barrier is erected between the road and Fodder Drain near to where the crash happened.

This, he explained, is due to the presence of ‘significant’ wooden posts which are designed to support the bank. Mr Booth’s car hit one of these posts, Mr Fisher said, which caused it to ‘cartwheel’ and enter the water ‘upside down and going backwards’. He added that Mr Booth had not been wearing his seat belt and was sent through the windscreen and into the water.

His final recommendation would be that a new sign be erected warning of ‘the danger of the road subsidence and giving an advisory speed limit of 40mph’.

This would be in addition to a warning sign already in place along the road, but further away from where the crash happened.

“I’m going to write to the director of highways,” he said. “He then has 56 days to respond to my report.”

The conclusion of the inquest, previously called the verdict, was that Mr Booth died ‘as a result of a road traffic collision’, Mr Fisher said.

The cause of death was ‘multiple injuries’, he added.