A COTSWOLD teenager who was on a gap year in New Zealand as a trainee gamekeeper tragically lost his life when he crashed his car with a high blood alcohol level, a Gloucester inquest has heard. last week.
Under New Zealand law, Jack Roberts, 18, from Miserden, near Stroud, should not have drunk at all before driving.
The country has a zero blood alcohol limit for drivers under 19, but Jack was found to have a blood alcohol level of 174mg, nearly three times the national limit for older drivers.
In the UK, the limit is 80 mg.
Jack worked at Craigmore Station in Maungati, a large farm in Canterbury after flying to New Zealand in November 2017.
The inquest heard that Jack was friends with fellow Briton Mr Campion, who also worked there.
At 2 a.m. on February 18, 2018, a group of night hunters found the wreckage of the Subaru station wagon in a roadside paddock.
They reported that a man (Harry Campion) who was on the ground was unconscious but still breathing while Jack, who was unresponsive, was still strapped into the driver’s seat upside down.
Emergency services found Jack dead at the scene, while his companion Mr. Campion was taken to hospital.
In his statement, Mr Campion recalled that Jack had brought beer and two bottles of spirits with him to a party the night of the incident.
At around 11 p.m., Mr Campion recalled, the host offered to drive him and Jack home because they had been drinking, but they decided to stay in a trailer on the property instead.
He told the police her next memory was waking up in the hospital.
Mr. Campion did not remember giving his friend the keys to his Subaru.
However, Jack drove, leading to the accident which happened on a winding section of Pareora Gorge Road, with police believing the Subaru was traveling at around 138 km/h (86 mph) before braking.
Sergeant Price, a collision investigator, concluded that alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors in Jack’s death.