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Driver died while high on drugs

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 17:00

THE driver who died after ploughing into an ambulance carrying a two-day-old baby, was high on drugs, an inquest heard today (Thursday).
Robert Hammond, 53, of the Esplanade, Sandown, was killed instantly after his car crossed into the path of the on-coming ambulance, near The Racecourse Roundabout, on November 1, 2009.
Mr Hammond’s car flipped off the road and landed on its roof after colliding with the ambulance, which was transferring a two-day-old baby, born six weeks prematurely, to St Mary’s Hospital from Southampton General.
Emergency services arrived on scene within minutes and the baby was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where it was kept in an incubator for a week.
Mother of the baby, Kristin Brodie told the inquest said they were still dealing with certain issues but declined to comment further.
A post mortem revealed Mr Hammond had potentially fatal levels of amphetamine, or speed, in his system. They also found higher than therapeutic levels of anti-depressant citalopram in his system, which combined with the speed would have caused serious impairment, according to specialist PC Robert Giles.
Coroner John Matthews gave a verdict of misadventure.
• For a fuller report see the Friday, July 2, County Press.

 


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