Teen 'shouted at friend to stop' before Carlton crash horror
A TEENAGER has told how he saw his friend fatally injured in a horrific road accident.
Daniel Colton-Pickard, 17, of Carlton, failed to give way at a junction and went straight into the path of a car at a crossroads, an inquest heard.
It is estimated that he was travelling at speeds of up to 20mph as he was coming downhill.
The car was travelling at around 30mph.
A statement was read out from Daniel's best friend of 12 years, Aaron Harrison, 16, who was with him when the crash happened.
"Just as he was approaching the junction he was riding in the middle of the road," he said. "I shouted for Daniel to stop. He did not look round, and I could hear him laughing.
"I am of the opinion it was not the driver's fault, there was nothing he could have done."
The accident happened at the junction of Ivy Grove and Forester Grove, Carlton, on September 19 last year.
Daniel was declared dead two days later at the Queen's Medical Centre, with the cause of death being recorded as "traumatic brain injury".
Holding back tears, the driver of the black Ford Escort involved, Stephen Newton, said that he did not see Daniel "until he was on the bonnet".
A breath test revealed that Mr Newton – who was driving to his friend's house – had not consumed any alcohol on the night of the crash, and police estimated he was travelling between 28mph and 34mph.
The inquest heard that Daniel, of Campbell Drive, Carlton, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and may have picked up a speed of around 20mph while travelling down Ivy Grove.
Notts coroner Mairin Casey said: "Let me be plain, I would urge all cyclists to always wear helmets, however in this particular case even if Daniel had worn a helmet the outcome would have been the same."
Investigating officer PC Steve Smith concluded that the cause of the crash was "a result of the cyclist failing to observe the traffic situation."
Ms Casey described the case as an "appalling tragedy" and recorded a verdict of accidental death.
In November Daniel's father, Andrew Pickard, spent £200 on 14 helmets for children at his son's former school, Carlton Central Junior School.