Somerset

Road rage blamed for Axbridge crash which left two dead

A371 near Axbridge
Image caption The accident happened on the A371 near Axbridge

A driver "consumed" with road rage caused his own death and that of another motorist in a crash in Somerset, an inquest has heard.

Vincent Atkinson, 31, from Cheddar, was "grossly negligent" when he overtook another car on the A371 near Axbridge on 7 October, the inquest was told.

He hit 35-year-old Richard Parker's car, which was coming in the opposite direction, at about 70mph (110km/h).

A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at the inquest in Taunton.

The inquest heard Mr Atkinson had been travelling home after a night out in Weston and was more than twice the drink-drive limit.

Witnesses told the coroner that for unknown reasons Mr Atkinson's car chased them, trying to overtake and forcing them to stop.

When he tried to overtake them again on a blind corner, his car hit Mr Parker's vehicle.

Mr Parker, from Cheddar, was on his way to Bristol where he worked as a lorry driver.

Both drivers died at the scene.

A third man involved in the crash is still in hospital with serious brain injuries.

The coroner said Mr Atkinson was guilty of gross criminal negligence leading to unlawful killing and said that road rage has "no place in our society".

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