New driver, 18, crashed Land Rover killing 14-year-old brother 'after becoming transfixed by steering wheel logo'
Inquest heard a 'momentary lapse' in concentration probably caused the accident
A 14-year-old boy died when his brother crashed a brand new 4X4 after becoming 'transfixed' by the logo on the steering wheel.
Grant Davison was a back-seat passenger in a Land Rover Defender driven by 18-year-old Liam Davison, when it left the carriageway and hit a drystone wall.
His inquest heard that a lapse in concentration is likely to have caused the fatal accident.
Accident: Grant Robert Davison was a back-seat passenger in a Land Rover Defender driven by 18-year-old Liam Davison, when it left the carriageway
Eyewitness Daniel Jeffries said he was at the back of a convoy of three cars travelling west on the A66 in Teesdale.
The Land Rover, bought two days earlier, moved to overtake the car in the front and kept on going to the right towards the central reservation, before veering left and down an embankment.
LOGO: Land Rover
Accident investigator Pc Michael Baxter told the inquest at Chester-le-Street Magistrates’ Court that Mr Davison later described being 'transfixed' for a few seconds by the Land Rover logo embossed on the steering wheel.
Pc Baxter concluded that a 'momentary lapse of concentration', as Mr Davison prepared to overtake the car in front of him at a speed of about 55mph, was the likely cause of the accident.
He said investigations showed the Land Rover had gradually moved on to the central reserve and continued for a distance to a point where there is a break in the barrier.
Logo: The Land Rover Defender (file picture) flew down the embankment colliding with a wall, the inquest heard. It was travelling at about 55mph
A 'No U-Turn' sign had been flattened, with tyre marks showing the vehicle had then turned 'extremely sharply' to the left.
The Land Rover then flew down the embankment, colliding with a drystone wall.
Pc Baxter said: 'I venture to say that, had there not been a road sign at that particular point, the vehicle would have continued on the grass verge and come to a natural stop.'
Their mother, who has not been named, was also in the vehicle when it crashed near Barnard Castle shortly after 6.30pm on Friday, November 25, last year.
Coroner Andrew Tweddle ruled that Grant Davison, of East Boldon, South Tyneside, had died accidentally.
No criminal proceedings are being brought against his brother.
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