‘Human chain’ tried to rescue crash driver - but he was already dead

Thursday, 14 September 2017

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A CORONER has issued a stark warning about the dangers of drink driving as he praised passers-by who tried to assist an Antrim man who died in a horror car smash almost a year ago.
A 'human chain' of passers-by tried to rescue Slovakian national Kamil Cervenka after the crash on the Portglenone Road near Randalstown last October.
Patrick McGurgan said it was lucky that he was not dealing with 'a number of inquests' after he heard that Mr Cervenka, who was three times over the drink drive limit, drove for almost three miles with no front tyre and veered on to the wrong side of the road on several occasions - once narrowly missing a pedestrian and having to swerve to avoid oncoming cars.
The 37-year-old's Volkswagen Passat finally left the road and crashed into a tree, killing him instantly.
A retired nurse told the inquest how she and others formed a 'human chain' to try and reach the casualty, who was trapped in the vehicle, which was pointing downwards into a ditch.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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