Dad without seatbelt was thrown from his ‘poorly maintained’ van, inquest told

A dad who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt was thrown from his ‘poorly maintained’ van and died, an inquest has heard. Scott Stephenson, 40, from Bude[1], died after the van he was driving for work was involved in a single-vehicle crash on August 3, 2023.

An inquest held at Cornwall Coroner’s Court in Truro[2] today (April 11) heard how Scott was travelling along the A395 in Laneast, between Launceston[3] and Camelford, at 6:56am on the morning of the crash, when he lost control of his van on a bend and collided with a verge.

The inquest heard how the van “was not in a serviceable condition” with front tyres “well below” the legal limit, and dashcam footage showed that Scott would take the ‘racing line’ to maintain speed while driving. When police attended the scene, they discovered that Scott’s body had been thrown from the vehicle during the collision, suggesting that he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time.

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An autopsy conducted following his death concluded that Scott died of multiple injuries as a result of the crash. A toxicology report also deemed that there were “no significant findings” when it came to drugs or alcohol levels in his system.

The inquest heard that Scott was working as a delivery driver for ALM Couriers in Launceston at the time of his death and was familiar with the stretch of road as he used to drive along it every day as part of his usual route.

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