tribute to A ‘popular’ son

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THE devastated family of a 20-year-old man killed in a car crash have paid tribute to him after an inquest was held into his death.

Stuart Robinson, who lived with his parents on Pocklington Lane, near Bishop Wilton, died when he lost control of his silver Citroen Saxo on the A166 between Stamford Bridge and Garrowby Hill at about 7.20pm on 8 August. His car skidded onto the other side of the wet road and hit a silver Mercedes Vito side-on. He died of his injuries at the scene.

His father Stephen, who has run Central Taxis in Pocklington with his wife, Sylvia, for nearly 30 years, said: “All I can say is that he was a hard working, clever kid who had done an electrical apprenticeship.

“He was popular. He was responsible and made sure everyone got home okay.

“It’s a family tragedy that will affect us for a long time, if not forever. The only thing we can be grateful for is that he didn’t suffer.”

He added that the family has received a lot of support from relatives and local people.

At the inquest, collision investigator PC Tim Clark said he spoke to witnesses who, shortly before the incident, were overtaken by the Saxo driven by Stuart. They told him the Saxo was going “very fast,” at an estimated 70-80 mph. The speed limit where the collision took place is 60mph.

PC Clark said that, in his opinion, the factors which caused the accident were an “inappropriate use of speed, the wet road surface and poor steering.”

Talking about David Munro, the driver of the Mercedes Vito, he commented: “There was little he could have done to gain control.”

Mr Munro, from Dumfries, suffered injuries to his shoulder and cuts and bruises in the crash. He told the inquest that he remembers Stuart’s Saxo losing control, then regaining control before losing it again.

“The roads were certainly damp. It wasn’t raining at that time. I was driving about 55mph, certainly no more,” he said.

“There were no vehicles in front of me. I was aware of vehicles some distance behind.

“I was approaching some bends and saw a Citroen Saxo losing control then regaining control and then come side on towards my vehicle. I thought it was going to go on the grass verge in front of us but it didn’t happen. He collided at an angle into the front of my vehicle.”

Nicholas Mensdorf was a passenger in the vehicle with Mr Munro and sustained only minor injuries.

Coroner Geoffrey Saul recorded a verdict of accidental death.