Benjamin Teague and Annabelle Lovell crashed on the A5 between Potterspury and Paulerspury in Northamptonshire on August 2nd and died at the scene
The father of one of Britain’s smallest babies was over the drug limit 46 times when he fell at 100mph, an inquest has found.
Benjamin Teague, 26, and Annabelle Lovell, 18, collided with a Volkswagen ID4 on the A5 between Potterspury and Paulerspury in Northamptonshire on August 2 and despite the best efforts of the emergency services nothing could be done to save the couple.
The inquest into Miss Lovell’s death revealed that Mr Teague had been drinking and smoking cannabis when the accident happened.
Witnesses revealed Mr Teague was performing “very dangerous manoeuvres” just before the accident, including overtaking a van and a lorry at 100mph before attempting to overtake a line of three cars while driving on the wrong side of the road .
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When he crashed into the Volkswagen, he was driving at 87 miles per hour.
The crash came 23 months after Mr Teague welcomed the arrival of his son Logan, who was one of the smallest British babies, weighing just 1lb 8oz when he was born on September 30, 2019.
His son, who was smaller than his teddy bear at birth, was born 11 weeks premature and was placed in a sandwich bag to keep him warm because he was born so early.
After nine weeks in the hospital, Logan was in full health and allowed to go home.
John Underwood, Northamptonshire Police Forensic Accident Investigator, said: “The impact occurred when the BMW was on the wrong side of the lane.
“This collision is due to an error on the part of BMW.
“Alcohol and drugs were a major factor and the driving and speeding.”
An autopsy report found Mr Teague had a reading of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
He also had 93.5mg of cannabis per 100ml of blood, which is 46 times the drug use limit, the hearing at Northampton’s Guildhall was told on Wednesday (4/5).
Miss Lovell’s family paid tribute to their “angel” daughter in a statement read to the inquest, blasting the actions of a “selfish and dangerous driver”.
They said: “Annabelle had four siblings who she got on well with, very well.
“Annabelle was very close to her father, they could talk about anything and everything. Annabelle loved her father very much and still does. We worshiped her.
“We will never see Annabelle get married or have children because that was taken from us because of a selfish, dangerous driver.
“Take care my angel.”
The driver of the Volkswagen involved in the accident, Jonathan Millidge, testified at the inquest.
He suffered a broken spine and other serious injuries and said nothing could have been done to avoid the collision.
He told the inquest: “The car [BMW] just popped out all of a sudden, all the way past the white lines. I had absolutely no time to react.
“People say their life flashes before them in situations like this, but there wasn’t even time for that.
“I don’t think there was anything I could have done to avoid the clash.
“If I hadn’t been there, they would still be alive. They were just two young people. They didn’t deserve that.”
Northamptonshire Chief Medical Examiner Anne Pember said: “The driver of the BMW overtook the vehicle while exceeding the speed limit.
“The driver at the time had significant amounts of alcohol and cannabis.
“Tragically, Annabelle was confirmed dead at the scene.”
He concluded: “Mr Millidge, there was nothing you could have done to avoid this tragedy.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-one-uks-smallest-babies-26883026 The father of one of Britain's smallest babies was over the drug-using limit 46 times when he died