Portsmouth motorist’s fatal accident caused by cocaine

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CRASH victim Stephen Dent was under the influence of cocaine when he died, an inquest heard.

The 37-year-old, of Aylesbury Road, Buckland, was returning home to Portsmouth along the A27 near Havant when he had a fatal accident at about 8.50pm on March 17 this year.

Witnesses reported his Vauxhall Astra left the road and crashed into several trees after swerving to avoid hitting the central reservation.

Despite the efforts of motorist Matthew Ingram – who was praised by the coroner for stopping and pulling Mr Dent from his car, which had caught on fire – he sustained multiple injuries and died an hour later at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, Portsmouth.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Coroner David Horsley said the only explanation for Mr Dent’s accident was that he was experiencing the effects of the class A drug.

‘It is all pretty clear I think,’ he said.

‘Sadly Stephen had taken cocaine and was still under the influence at the time when the accident occurred.’