Mechanic killed in smash with HGV as he fled police
Moment mechanic, 30, races at 70mph on the WRONG SIDE of busy North Circular road in London before losing control and dying as lorry smashes into his vehicle
- Coroner’s court heard Kayne Gardner, 30, died after hitting lorry at 70mph
- Walthamstow Coroner’s Court told he was behind wheel of stolen Audi Q5
- An arrested man allegedly told Kayne to ‘get rid of it’ outside Faces nightclub
- After being chased by police, he drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway
- Pathologist ruled cause of death as a head injury that was ‘incompatible with life’
A mechanic was killed after crashing into a lorry while hurtling 70pmh the wrong way down a dual carriageway during a police chase, a coroner’s court has heard.
Kayne Gardner, 30, crashed into the HGV while behind the wheel of a stolen Audi Q5 while attempting to flee from pursuing officers near Ilford, London, on October 21, 2018.
Dramatic video footage recorded by a police helicopter during the chase showed Kayne driving erratically as he sped the wrong way around a roundabout on the North Circular Road.
Kayne Gardner, 30, was killed after crashing into a lorry while hurtling 70pmh the wrong way down a dual carriageway during a police chase, Walthamstow Coroner’s Court has heard. Pictured: The moment Kayne’s vehicle is hit by the HGV
Police cars could be seen initially giving chase before Kayne drove down the wrong side of the dual carriageway into the path of oncoming traffic.
After passing beneath a bridge, Kayne appeared to lose control of the vehicle as it skidded sideways, before being hit by the lorry.
Shortly before 4am, Kayne crashed into the lorry and died shortly afterwards.
During an inquest at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court into Kayne’s death, it was revealed he had entered the vehicle after police officers arrested another man outside of Faces nightclub in Gats Hill.
The Mirror reports that the arrested man allegedly told Kayne to ‘get rid of it’, though there is no evidence suggesting he had been the one to steal it.
After passing beneath a bridge, Kayne appeared to lose control of the vehicle as it skidded sideways, before being hit by the lorry
Speaking during the inquest, PC Graham Brooks, who had been one of the officers in pursuit of Kayne, said he pulled back after assessing how much of an impact on other drivers a ‘tactical contact’ would have had.
He said: ‘I’m also now coming to terms with having to let that vehicle go and watching it drive now towards oncoming vehicles.
‘If you are honestly in that situation where you are about to watch someone potentially die it’s a horrendous situation to be in.’
The coroner’s court heard that Kayne had been driving the vehicle while almost three-times the drink-drive limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood, with 228mg found in his system.
Dramatic video footage recorded by a police helicopter during the chase showed Kayne driving erratically as he sped the wrong way down a dual carriageway
A toxicologist also reported finding traces of the psychoactive substance THC, found in cannabis, in Kayne’s system at the time of his death.
Pathologist Dr Hiam Ali noted Kayne’s cause of death as a head injury that was ‘incompatible with life’, which was consistent with a road traffic collision – and both alcohol and cannabis were also listed as contributory factors.
Kayne was killed only a few days before he had been expecting to move in with his girlfriend Bonnie Exley and this daughter.
Speaking about her boyfriend’s death, Bonnie said that their happy ending had been taken from them.
Describing the pain of losing Kayne as ‘unbearable’, she added: ‘Our lives have been shattered. It’s been three years now and Kayne’s family still feels the pain of his death like it was yesterday.’
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