Two young pals killed in horror crash after stolen Audi flips onto roof at 50mph

Two young friends died after a stolen vehicle they were travelling in crashed and flipped onto its roof, an inquest heard.

Connor Stevens, 24, who was driving the vehicle, died instantly after the 2-litre Audi A1 smashed into a brick wall at over 50mph.

A coroner heard he had hit a telegraph pole and airbags had obstructed his ability to see the road at the point of impact, reports the Liverpool Echo.

His friend, and front seat passenger, 18-year-old Luke Peaurt-Moran was taken to hospital but tragically died the following day.

An inquest heard the Audi had been stolen from Eccleston, Lancs, before the crash shortly after 4am on November 2019.

Police constable Barry Moore told Preston Coroner’s Court that the Audi was "a fast car" with a two-litre engine and a gearbox which could go up to six different speeds.

He said it had been stolen a "short time earlier" and crashed on a damp 50mph rural road with minor bends.

He said the vehicle had been in good order and was left “significantly damaged”, adding: “There were a number of tyre marks which began on the nearside kerb and the tyre tracks had gone across the kerb towards the telegraph pole and a red brick wall.

“The wheels were rotating at the point of the impact so there was no braking when it left the road; it was out of control.

“A number of car components had been removed from the vehicle in the impact and scattered across the scene.

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“There were tyre marks and gouge marks after the first impact which indicated the driver had control but would not have been able to see where he was going because the airbags had been deployed.”

He added: “It was well in excess of the 50mph speed limit.

“At each impact there would have been a reduction in speed but even the last impact it was going well over 50mph.”

The inquest heard Conner was wearing his seatbelt but Luke’s had been clipped in “tight to the seat” suggesting it was fastened behind him.

The inquest heard the force of the first impact was so severe that the telegraph pole was ripped from the ground.

Consultant pathologist Alison Armour carried out post mortem examinations on the two men, both from Sefton, and concluded that Luke, a former pupil of Holy Family Catholic School in Thornton, had died as a result of a severe head injury while Conner suffered multiple traumatic injuries.

Area Coroner Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion of a road traffic collision and said: “The car was being driven too fast, there is simply no doubt about it. There was a loss of control and the accident occurred.

“I don’t think the fact that Luke didn’t have a seatbelt on was going to affect things.”

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