Tragedy of top driver killed in tree crash

Stuart Carter
Stuart Carter

A top National Hot Rod racing driver from Osgodby died when he crashed his car into a tree after an evening drinking in the pub.

An inquest at Central Lincolnshire Coroner’s Court in Spilsby heard how Stuart Carter, 30, crashed a rented Vauxhall Astra van into a tree on the B1434 Market Rasen Road, near Holton le Moor at about 11pm on May 24 this year.

A couple called the emergency services after seeing the crashed van and stayed with Mr Carter until after an ambulance arrived about an hour later.

The woman told the inquest there was loud music coming from the van and Mr Carter appeared to already be deceased.

Tests found Mr Carter was more than two times over the legal drink-drive limit and had not been wearing a 

In a statement read out at the inquest, a friend estimated Mr Carter had drunk about five or six bottles of Budweiser beer on the evening of the crash.

The coroner’s court heard how Mr Carter lost control of his van and left the road, while negotiating a bend.

Crash scene investigators believe Mr Carter got back on to the road but oversteered and collided with a tree as a 

A post mortem examination found Mr Carter died as a result of multiple injuries.

Coroner Stuart Fisher returned a conclusion of accidental death and told Mr Carter’s family: “I have a 30-year-old son.

“All I can say is that my heartfelt sympathy extends to you for this terrible loss.

“I know how you must have felt at the time of this terrible tragedy.”

Speaking at the inquest, Mr Carter’s father Peter Carter said: “Stuart could have a gallon a night and it wouldn’t affect 

“Drink didn’t bother him.”

He questioned why it had taken an hour for an ambulance to arrive and said he was in the process of complaining to East Midlands Ambulance 

In his 10-year racing career, Stuart Carter won more than 600 trophies and competed in both national and international events.