A PIZZA delivery boy saving for university was killed when his car swerved and hit a tree, an inquest heard.
Teenage musician Eliot Field had just delivered a takeaway in North Kelsey on Saturday, March 19 and was travelling on the C248 back to Pizza Uno in Caistor when it is thought he swerved to avoid wildlife and lost control of his blue Peugeot 206 car just after 8.15pm.
Lincolnshire Police forensic investigator PC Stewart Cooke told the inquest at Horncastle Registration Office a shallow drainage cut in the verge at the side of the road probably caused Mr Field to lose control of his car. A post mortem examination found the 18-year-old from Windsor Drive, Caistor, died from a severe head injury.
Lincolnshire coroner Stuart Fisher said: “He had been motivated to get a job to pay for his education. He was hoping to go to university to read music – he was a very talented musician and songwriter.
“He had many friends and admirers even at his young age.”
The inquest heard a statement from taxi driver Allan Redmond who said Mr Field – a former Caistor Grammar School pupil and member of band Light Stars – had overtaken him at about 80mph shortly before the crash happened.
Tractor driver Paul Clark was approaching the C248 from a nearby farm when he saw Mr Field’s car travelling between 60 to 70mph.
In a statement read to the court Mr Clark said the Peugeot did not appear to be out of control but it looked as though Mr Field had swerved to avoid wildlife.
Speaking before the inquest his mother Judith Field said: “He was a lovely, lovely person and will live long in the memories of all the people who loved him.”
No defects were found on Mr Field’s car and he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Coroner Stuart Fisher recorded a verdict of accidental death.