Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Last Memory I Have Is When I Woke Up and and the Car Was on Its Roof. I Saw Feet and I Was Shouting for Help

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Last Memory I Have Is When I Woke Up and and the Car Was on Its Roof. I Saw Feet and I Was Shouting for Help

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Byline: Chris Knight Reporter christopher.knight@trinitymirror.com

CRASH victim Mark Park died after losing control of his car and careering off Scotswood Road into a parked vehicle, an inquest heard.

Mark suffered 'severe and unsurvivable' head injuries when his Ford Fiesta ploughed through traffic lights and metal barriers and ended up on its roof after coming off the westbound A695.

The 25-year-old was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary along with passenger and best friend Jonjoe Murray, but died a day later.

The inquest into Mr Park's death in the early hours of January 18 was told he was more than twice over the drink drive limit and was travelling at more than 70mph when he crashed his car.

Best friend Mr Murray, 26, who suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries in the crash, told the court of the evening's events which began with a gin tasting session at The Botanist and ended in tragedy.

Mr Park, of West Denton, gave Mr Murray a lift and parked his Ford Fiesta by the Sandman Hotel on the evening of January 17.

The pair arrived at The Botanist at about 6pm, and spent almost an hour in the rooftop bar before joining Mr Park's mum Lesley and friends for a meal in town.

Together, they continued the night at Players Bar, the Beehive and a city centre nightclub before heading home just before midnight.

Mr Murray said: "We had agreed to get a taxi home. Mark was planning to come back to town in the morning and pick the car up. But I didn't have any money, and Mark says he had none.

"I'm not sure what time we left. I don't think there was any discussion [about going to the car] - we must have just walked from the bar.

"I remember being sat in the car. We had one cigarette left between us and it snapped in my pocket, I was trying to fix it in the car.

"I was in the passenger seat, Mark was in the driver's seat. I don't recall if I had a seatbelt on.

"The last memory I have is when I woke up and the car was on its roof. I saw feet and I was just shouting for help."

Northumbria Police were called to the scene of the crash on the 50mph road near the junction for Whitehouse Road at 12. …

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