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Somerset teenager died when car crashed in France

A Somerset teenager died in France when the car he was travelling in crashed when it was overloaded and going too fast, an inquest has heard.

Ben Crozier, 19, from Shepton Mallet, died when the car left the road and overturned on 14 August 2009.

East Somerset coroner Tony Williams said Mr Crozier had not been wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

The teenager died of head and chest injuries.

Returning a narrative verdict, Mr Williams, sitting in Wells, said Mr Crozier was a front seat passenger in a Peugeot 206 carrying six people.

He said that when the car negotiated a bend on RD 36 near Betplan, 80 miles (129km) west of Toulouse, it overturned a number of times because of the speed it was travelling and being overloaded.

Three other men in the car were critically injured, but all went on to make a full recovery.

Mr Crozier, who had recently finished a business course at Strode College, was in France visiting his father who has moved there.

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