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Speeding and Overcrowded Jeep Blamed for Fatal Holiday Crash in Turkey

 
 

A holiday road accident in which a British schoolgirl and her father died was caused by the Jeep she and her family were in being overcrowded and travelling too fast, an inquest was told.

The Jeep was involved in a collision and an eight-year-old girl died in the road accident. Her 38-year-old father died in an ambulance on his way to hospital.

The inquest at Smethwick in the West Midlands heard how he had swapped places with another holidaymaker in the Jeep because of the water fight.

The family of four was on holiday in Dalyan, Turkey with other family members in August 2008, when the road crash happened during a Jeep safari excursion. The vehicle they were travelling in was at the rear of the convoy of four Jeeps.

The inquest heard that the Jeep was only designed to take five people, but had been overload with eleven holidaymakers. The holidaymakers had been given giant water guns to fire water at each other on the journey.

The Jeep crashed into a stationery tractor during the holiday excursion – the inquest was told it had “hurtled” into the tractor, which was attached to a trailer of bricks. Several passengers were thrown clear of the Jeep during the accident, including Charley and Mr Pearce.

A passenger whose husband received severe facial injuries in the crash told the inquest that he had said he felt the driver of the Jeep was travelling “too fast”.

The driver had claimed he had been distracted by two tourists from Germany, who had thrown water in his face during the water fight, but the accused tourists have denied this.

Another holidaymaker on the Jeep safari confirmed that the driver had been hit with water “which temporarily blinded him”.

“He swerved to avoid the tractor but the back of the Jeep took the full impact of the crash.”

The witness confirmed to the court that some holidaymakers were standing up for the water fight – and no one was wearing seatbelts at the time of the road crash.

Black Country Coroner Robin Balmain advised the court he was unable to summon either the driver of the Jeep or the tourists accused of throwing water in his face and therefore the inquest was limited in its inquiry.

Mr Balmain said:

“It seems to me this vehicle was being driven too fast in the circumstances without good reason – the driver seemingly failed to overtake a parked vehicle which was clearly visible.

“This resulted in a father and daughter being thrown from the vehicle and they suffered catastrophic injuries.”

Mr Balmain concluded that the father and his daughter “died of multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic collision”.

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Dated: 02/12/2011

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