Talented Nottingham rugby star Mitchell Todd was "twice over drink drive limit" on night he died, inquest hears
A TALENTED professional rugby player was twice over the drink drive limit when he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into a field, an inquest heard today.
Mitchell Todd, 21, was a professional rugby player for Nottingham Rugby Club and died on August 15 2012 when his Citroen landed in a field off Cotgrave Road, Normanton-on-the-Wolds.
He was not wearing a seat belt and toxicology reports found that here were 172mg of alcohol per decilitre in his blood.
Mitchell had attended a training day at Trent College in Long Eaton hosted by Nottingham Rugby Club the day before he died.
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At this training day a meal was provided and players were offered unlimited alcohol.
The training day finished at 10pm and players were taken by coach back to the Lady Bay where their cars were parked.
The players were instructed by their coach not to drink and drive and Mitchell took a taxi with friends into Nottingham city centre where he carried on drinking until at least 2am.
PC Robert David Lloyd was in charge of the forensic investigation in to the crash.
Asked if Mitchell had worn a seat belt would it have saved him, he said: “There would have been a great difference to the outcome. He would have been shaken up a bit but that would have been it.
“The driver was driving too fast round a left hand bend whilst the driver was intoxicated, and the state of the injuries were compounded by the lack of seat belt.”
Assistant deputy coroner for Notts, Jane Gillespie, said: “This was a sad, unnecessary, preventable waste of a talented life.”
She recorded a verdict of accidental death.