Tragic teen Paul Warne was "over-confident" driver who liked to "push car to the limits", inquest hears

Inquest due into death of popular teenager Paul Warne killed in tragic crash

Inquest due into death of popular teenager Paul Warne killed in tragic crash

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A CAR-mad teenager who died when his Renault Clio hit a tree was an “over-confident” driver who liked to “push his car to the limits,” an inquest heard.

Paul Warne, 18, was driving to work at Automative Vehicle Services in Verwood on Saturday, March 22, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree on Hurn Road.

Passing motorists rushed to his aid and police officers dragged him from the car and attempted resuscitation but their efforts were in vain and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest at Bournemouth Coroner's Court heard he was not wearing a seatbelt and was likely exceeding the 40 mph speed limit, although this may not have been by much.

PC John Hayward, a forensic collision investigator, said the Clio was travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree but he could not say for certain why Paul lost control of his car. He said it was possible the car had started to rotate on a left-hand bend and Paul had been trying to correct this.

Brian Elliott, a long-standing friend of Paul's, said: “He was a very enthusiastic and over-confident driver. I've been a passenger in his car on numerous occasions - he habitually rarely wore a seatbelt and he used to push his car to the limits.

“I often felt concerned for our safety when he was driving. He used to tell me about near misses he had had in his car.”

Coroner Sheriff Payne recorded a verdict of accidental death due to a road traffic collision.

He said: “He might not have exceeded the speed limit by much but it's a challenging road and relatively easy to come unstuck. That sadly appears to be what has happened on this day.”

After the inquest Paul's dad, who is also called Paul thanked everyone who tried to help his son. He said: “He just loved driving, he was over-confident, there was nothing you could have said that would have changed that.”

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3:13pm Tue 19 Aug 14

contric says...

its a miracle he didnt injure or kill anyone else with his driving
its a miracle he didnt injure or kill anyone else with his driving contric
  • Score: 75

3:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Learnt the hard way. Senseless loss, glad no one else was seriously hurt.
Learnt the hard way. Senseless loss, glad no one else was seriously hurt. UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 76

3:42pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

And there are few cars with as low a limit as the Renault Clio.
And there are few cars with as low a limit as the Renault Clio. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

iseestupidpeople says...

Thankfully he didn't kill an innocent person! Sounds like his attitude to driving was going to take his life at some point anyway.

No seatbelt and driving like a t&@t = a short life for the driver or innocent person.

Thankfully it wasn't the latter!
Thankfully he didn't kill an innocent person! Sounds like his attitude to driving was going to take his life at some point anyway. No seatbelt and driving like a t&@t = a short life for the driver or innocent person. Thankfully it wasn't the latter! iseestupidpeople
  • Score: -1

4:01pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Huey says...

Let's hope some others learn from his mistake.
Let's hope some others learn from his mistake. Huey
  • Score: 87

4:06pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Townee says...

Such a waste, when will young drivers learn that when you pass your test, you start learning to drive and it takes a lot of time.
Such a waste, when will young drivers learn that when you pass your test, you start learning to drive and it takes a lot of time. Townee
  • Score: 39

4:11pm Tue 19 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

Trouble with the Renault Clio
the wheels come off at 25 mph at bends and corners,
some one should have told him to drive with the handbrake on.
Trouble with the Renault Clio the wheels come off at 25 mph at bends and corners, some one should have told him to drive with the handbrake on. fizzy fert
  • Score: -29

4:13pm Tue 19 Aug 14

bogtrotter says...

Sad to hear friends and especially family call him an over confident driver, over confident AKA dangerous/reckless one assumes. Shame they didn't tell the poor kid to reign it in a bit for his own safety.
Sad to hear friends and especially family call him an over confident driver, over confident AKA dangerous/reckless one assumes. Shame they didn't tell the poor kid to reign it in a bit for his own safety. bogtrotter
  • Score: 35

4:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

djd says...

bogtrotter wrote:
Sad to hear friends and especially family call him an over confident driver, over confident AKA dangerous/reckless one assumes. Shame they didn't tell the poor kid to reign it in a bit for his own safety.
Would you have listened at 18 years of age?
Sadly his over confidence got the better of him and resulted in the loss of his life.
[quote][p][bold]bogtrotter[/bold] wrote: Sad to hear friends and especially family call him an over confident driver, over confident AKA dangerous/reckless one assumes. Shame they didn't tell the poor kid to reign it in a bit for his own safety.[/p][/quote]Would you have listened at 18 years of age? Sadly his over confidence got the better of him and resulted in the loss of his life. djd
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

baylin says...

This is why kids of his age have to pay threw the nose for insurance, my nephew was recently quoted over £2,000 to insure his car which was worth about £,900.
This is why kids of his age have to pay threw the nose for insurance, my nephew was recently quoted over £2,000 to insure his car which was worth about £,900. baylin
  • Score: 25

5:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

mudefordguy says...

The police need to clamp down more on boy racers when they see them out and about - pull them over for a chat a take a look over their motor in detail and pull up anything they can. That might make them think twice.
The police need to clamp down more on boy racers when they see them out and about - pull them over for a chat a take a look over their motor in detail and pull up anything they can. That might make them think twice. mudefordguy
  • Score: 26

5:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

M0Z says...

This story doesn’t add up. Is it the same Hurn Road that’s a small section of the B3073 between Christchurch Road and Fairmile Road? If so, it’s wide and straight – so why did the coroner describe it as challenging? And if the driver was only doing around 40mph why does the headline say he was pushing his car to the limits? I’ve driven Clios a **** sight faster than 40mph and know they are pretty stable – no way would one randomly start spinning on Hurn Road at that speed. There must surely be something unreported here.
This story doesn’t add up. Is it the same Hurn Road that’s a small section of the B3073 between Christchurch Road and Fairmile Road? If so, it’s wide and straight – so why did the coroner describe it as challenging? And if the driver was only doing around 40mph why does the headline say he was pushing his car to the limits? I’ve driven Clios a **** sight faster than 40mph and know they are pretty stable – no way would one randomly start spinning on Hurn Road at that speed. There must surely be something unreported here. M0Z
  • Score: -4

5:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do...

Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it.

Clunk Click every trip!
I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do... Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it. Clunk Click every trip! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 17

5:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

M0Z says...

Oh, I’ve been edited. I didn’t realise the word d a m n was prohibited!! Makes me look like I’ve said something completely different!!
Oh, I’ve been edited. I didn’t realise the word d a m n was prohibited!! Makes me look like I’ve said something completely different!! M0Z
  • Score: 10

5:54pm Tue 19 Aug 14

old bod says...

prime example of Darwinism if ever there was one.
prime example of Darwinism if ever there was one. old bod
  • Score: 22

6:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

M0Z says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do...

Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it.

Clunk Click every trip!
I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do... Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it. Clunk Click every trip![/p][/quote]I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them. M0Z
  • Score: -3

6:27pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

M0Z wrote:
This story doesn’t add up. Is it the same Hurn Road that’s a small section of the B3073 between Christchurch Road and Fairmile Road? If so, it’s wide and straight – so why did the coroner describe it as challenging? And if the driver was only doing around 40mph why does the headline say he was pushing his car to the limits? I’ve driven Clios a **** sight faster than 40mph and know they are pretty stable – no way would one randomly start spinning on Hurn Road at that speed. There must surely be something unreported here.
I should imagine it was Hurn Road by Matchams.
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: This story doesn’t add up. Is it the same Hurn Road that’s a small section of the B3073 between Christchurch Road and Fairmile Road? If so, it’s wide and straight – so why did the coroner describe it as challenging? And if the driver was only doing around 40mph why does the headline say he was pushing his car to the limits? I’ve driven Clios a **** sight faster than 40mph and know they are pretty stable – no way would one randomly start spinning on Hurn Road at that speed. There must surely be something unreported here.[/p][/quote]I should imagine it was Hurn Road by Matchams. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 14

8:33pm Tue 19 Aug 14

tonythebolt says...

I remember this lad being born I was good friends with his father at the time. It saddens me that so many are quick to judge and say that he deserved what he got, that he was driving like an idiot. He was 18 years old! Too young taken too soon. You look after your kids best you can for all that time and you hope that they continue to learn,grow and prosper in their adult life without you.
We all need a little luck in our lives and we learn by our mistakes.
It was an accident a terrible accident my thoughts are with his sister and my old friend Paul Snr
I remember this lad being born I was good friends with his father at the time. It saddens me that so many are quick to judge and say that he deserved what he got, that he was driving like an idiot. He was 18 years old! Too young taken too soon. You look after your kids best you can for all that time and you hope that they continue to learn,grow and prosper in their adult life without you. We all need a little luck in our lives and we learn by our mistakes. It was an accident a terrible accident my thoughts are with his sister and my old friend Paul Snr tonythebolt
  • Score: 14

8:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

tonythebolt says...

M0Z wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do...

Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it.

Clunk Click every trip!
I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.
Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do... Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it. Clunk Click every trip![/p][/quote]I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.[/p][/quote]Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know tonythebolt
  • Score: -14

9:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

tonythebolt wrote:
M0Z wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do...

Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it.

Clunk Click every trip!
I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.
Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know
should never ever been behind a wheel full stop
[quote][p][bold]tonythebolt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do... Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it. Clunk Click every trip![/p][/quote]I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.[/p][/quote]Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know[/p][/quote]should never ever been behind a wheel full stop fizzy fert
  • Score: 17

10:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BournemouthMum says...

tonythebolt wrote:
I remember this lad being born I was good friends with his father at the time. It saddens me that so many are quick to judge and say that he deserved what he got, that he was driving like an idiot. He was 18 years old! Too young taken too soon. You look after your kids best you can for all that time and you hope that they continue to learn,grow and prosper in their adult life without you.
We all need a little luck in our lives and we learn by our mistakes.
It was an accident a terrible accident my thoughts are with his sister and my old friend Paul Snr
Very true. Well said.
[quote][p][bold]tonythebolt[/bold] wrote: I remember this lad being born I was good friends with his father at the time. It saddens me that so many are quick to judge and say that he deserved what he got, that he was driving like an idiot. He was 18 years old! Too young taken too soon. You look after your kids best you can for all that time and you hope that they continue to learn,grow and prosper in their adult life without you. We all need a little luck in our lives and we learn by our mistakes. It was an accident a terrible accident my thoughts are with his sister and my old friend Paul Snr[/p][/quote]Very true. Well said. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 4

10:57pm Tue 19 Aug 14

M0Z says...

tonythebolt wrote:
M0Z wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do...

Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it.

Clunk Click every trip!
I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.
Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know
Unlikely. I’ve driven several Clios and never had a problem with the seatbelt. The seat didn’t go back as far as I would have liked, but it didn’t affect the seatbelt - plenty of slack remaining.
[quote][p][bold]tonythebolt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: I have never understood why a driver would ever choose to NOT wear a seatbelt? It just makes no sense and defies all common sense or logic, really no reason for it at all, I'm not even sure other teenagers would consider it a 'cool' thing to do... Sad that someone had to find out the hard way, lets hope if nothing else others learn from it. Clunk Click every trip![/p][/quote]I agree, but the car was “travelling sideways and rotating when it hit the tree”. I doubt a seatbelt would have been much help in a side impact. My current car has side impact bars and side airbags – but none of the Clios I’ve driven had them.[/p][/quote]Just a guess and it doesn't make it right but the clio is a small car and Paul was a lanky kid, it's possible that the seatbelt didn't fit across his chest with the seat all the way back making it an obstruction. That's the only justification I can see for not wearing it but then if that was the case then he should've had rally seat belts and bucket seats fitted. I just don't know[/p][/quote]Unlikely. I’ve driven several Clios and never had a problem with the seatbelt. The seat didn’t go back as far as I would have liked, but it didn’t affect the seatbelt - plenty of slack remaining. M0Z
  • Score: 12

12:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Stereotyped says...

mudefordguy wrote:
The police need to clamp down more on boy racers when they see them out and about - pull them over for a chat a take a look over their motor in detail and pull up anything they can. That might make them think twice.
The police need to clamp down on all drivers, not a stereotype. I am probably what you would call a "boy racer", why? Purely because I drive a modified car, you sit there and assume that I must drive it like I have stolen it everywhere.

In fact, my car is probably driven in a much safer manner than most, because I care about it, it is a passion and a hobby, not just a metal box to get me from A to B.

Please don't confuse 'boy racers' with car enthusiasts. The latter, our cars are probably much safer than the norm, grippy performance tyres...not cheap budget things...uprated brakes...etc.

No denying their are some idiots, out there, but they are not only boys and they are not only young.
[quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: The police need to clamp down more on boy racers when they see them out and about - pull them over for a chat a take a look over their motor in detail and pull up anything they can. That might make them think twice.[/p][/quote]The police need to clamp down on all drivers, not a stereotype. I am probably what you would call a "boy racer", why? Purely because I drive a modified car, you sit there and assume that I must drive it like I have stolen it everywhere. In fact, my car is probably driven in a much safer manner than most, because I care about it, it is a passion and a hobby, not just a metal box to get me from A to B. Please don't confuse 'boy racers' with car enthusiasts. The latter, our cars are probably much safer than the norm, grippy performance tyres...not cheap budget things...uprated brakes...etc. No denying their are some idiots, out there, but they are not only boys and they are not only young. Stereotyped
  • Score: 6

2:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

nermal says...

There's no clearer demonstration that wearing a seatbelt is a wise idea. At least he didn't injure anyone else.
There's no clearer demonstration that wearing a seatbelt is a wise idea. At least he didn't injure anyone else. nermal
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

askquestion says...

better to go at 18, than mow down some family at some future date.
he would never have grown up enough to consider anyone one else on the roads. better locally than on the m6 !
better to go at 18, than mow down some family at some future date. he would never have grown up enough to consider anyone one else on the roads. better locally than on the m6 ! askquestion
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Jeshieeb94 says...

This article makes me sick. Paul was nothing like he's being described. You didn't know him. He would do anything for anyone and he lit up every room he was in. Perhaps you should consider his family when writing such harsh words about someone who you didn't know. This is slander and some of you are even saying it's best he died at 18?!?! I am close to his young sister and was close friends with him. Your words will DEVISTATE his family if they see this.. Think before you comment on such sensitive issues. And by the way Paul was the kindest person I knew! Show some respect.
This article makes me sick. Paul was nothing like he's being described. You didn't know him. He would do anything for anyone and he lit up every room he was in. Perhaps you should consider his family when writing such harsh words about someone who you didn't know. This is slander and some of you are even saying it's best he died at 18?!?! I am close to his young sister and was close friends with him. Your words will DEVISTATE his family if they see this.. Think before you comment on such sensitive issues. And by the way Paul was the kindest person I knew! Show some respect. Jeshieeb94
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

baylin wrote:
This is why kids of his age have to pay threw the nose for insurance, my nephew was recently quoted over £2,000 to insure his car which was worth about £,900.
The high insurance for young, inexperienced drivers has very little to do with the value of their own car. It's about the likelihood of them doing damage to someone else's property, and the likely cost of putting that damage right.
[quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: This is why kids of his age have to pay threw the nose for insurance, my nephew was recently quoted over £2,000 to insure his car which was worth about £,900.[/p][/quote]The high insurance for young, inexperienced drivers has very little to do with the value of their own car. It's about the likelihood of them doing damage to someone else's property, and the likely cost of putting that damage right. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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