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Man who died in a car crash near Hingham was nearly three times over drink-drive limit

12:36 25 February 2015

Eastgate House, Thorpe Road, Norwich, where Norfolk Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley

Eastgate House, Thorpe Road, Norwich, where Norfolk Coroner's Court is situated in the ground floor. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A man who died after crashing into a tree, was nearly three times over the drink-drive limit, an inquest has heard.

Krzsyztof Lagodzinski, 31, was driving his Vauxhall Astra on the B1108 Road between Hingham and Scoulton when he lost control of the car when trying to overtake a Jaguar on October 27, 2014.

Norwich Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that Mr Lagodzinski of Neville Close, Saham Toney, was on a provisional drivers license.

A toxicology report showed a blood alcohol reading of 218 microgrammes per 100 millitres of blood.

Godfrey Spanner, who was driving the Jaguar, described the driving of Mr Lagodsinzki as “dangerous”.

He said: “I pulled onto the B1108 road towards Hingham at around 1.10pm and gently accelerated up to 40mph when I became startled by a grey Vauxhall Astra which sped past me. “As he did so the rear of his car stepped out towards the bank and he lost control and crashed.

“I thought at the time he was driving well over the 60mph speed limit and I don’t know why anyone would drive at that speed in that manner.”

John Henry, who was driving in the opposite direction, said: “The incident was so quick, from the time he pulled out from behind the Jaguar to overtake, to the crash, it lasted three seconds.

“I pulled aside and could see that the driver was injured and there was very little moment.”

Mr Lagodzinski was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 1.37pm.

PC Graeme Brooks told the inquest that Mr Lagodzinski had been driving at around 79mph on the single carriageway road at the time of his crash.

He also found no defects with either the car or the surface of the road.

Assistant Coroner David Osbourne gave the conclusion that Mr Lagodzinski died of multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic collision.

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