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Teenager Ceejay Broadhead ‘almost three times’ over drink drive limit when car hit lamp post
A TEENAGER killed in a crash was almost three times the drink drive limit when his car ploughed into a lamp post.
Ceejay Broadhead from Bournemouth was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, which took place in Bransgore on August 15 last year, an inquest heard.
His brother Myles was among the first on the scene of the accident after hearing the crash while walking from village pub the Carpenter’s Arms, where they had been playing drinking games with friends.
An inquest into the former Ringwood School pupil’s death heard how his brother screamed: “Ceejay, what have you done?” when he found the wreckage.
Southampton Coroner’s Court was told how the 19-year-old had driven to catch up with friends after leaving the pub, but had lost control of the Ford Focus and ploughed into the phone mast in Burley Road.
It was heard that his friends had tried to stop him from driving but he cycled on a friend’s bike back to an address in Poplar Close where he had left his blue Ford Focus.
He then drove to catch up with the others, who were heading to another house nearby in the village.
It is not known why Ceejay, who lived in Southbourne, decided to drive the short distance and what led him to lose control of the car along the 30mph stretch of road.
A post mortem found there was 223 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – 2.8 times the drink-drive limit.
PC Jonathon Peace said there were ‘a number of possibilities’ why Ceejay lost control of the car.
He said: “Excess speed and alcohol consumption are both key issues that have contributed to the collision.
“There was no real reason for Mr Broadhead to drive his car and as a result of this poor decision he has paid the ultimate price and loss of his life.”
Determining a verdict of accidental death, deputy coroner for Southampton Gordon Denton said: “If there is any redeeming feature of this tragic accident is that no-one else was hurt.
“Don’t drink and drive has a very true and tragic meaning and I trust that is one of the lessons that will be learnt from it.”
Ceejay’s family paid tribute to the “joyful” teenager following the inquest.
“It does not get any easier,” they said.
“He brought so much joy into our lives. But we celebrate him and while we miss him every day, we live our lives in his honour. He was so popular, and the family continue to support his close friends, who, like us, have been left devastated by his death.”
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