SOCCER star John Hills has told of the terrifying moment he was involved in a double death smash.
The driver of a Peugeot hit by the Sheffield Wednesday defender's Mercedes saloon had twice the legal amount of alcohol in his blood and no licence.
Driver Sean Elvin, 27, of Platts Common, Barnsley, had fatal chest injuries.
His uncle, Raymond Elvin, 43, of Royd Avenue, Millhouse Green, Barnsley, died instantly from head wounds after the car came to rest 20ft down an embankment beside the A616 at Hazlehead, near Penistone.
The Owls defender, also 27 and from Huddersfield, recalled the moments leading up to the November 7 smash at a crossroads he passed daily on his way to work.
"It all happened so quickly. I was not aware of the car until the last second. I couldn't do anything to prevent the accident. It just happened so quickly," he told a Sheffield inquest.
Mr Hills, who was returning from a part-time degree course in Manchester, had broken ribs when his car spun off the road into a fence.
"I just remember people shouting and screaming. I was on my own for a little while then a girl came out of a building and took me inside."
The footballer said road markings at the crash spot were not very clear.
The Elvins and two others in the car had been drinking in pubs in Holmfirth before the accident on the A616 Whams Road.
The passengers, including Christopher Clark whose birthday they were celebrating, had only vague recollections of the smash.
Traffic investigator Pc Neil Morrell said the crossroads had restricted views.
The officer said that amount of alcohol in the dead driver's blood had led to a "major error of judgement".
Deputy coroner Judith Naylor recorded an accidental death verdict.
Hills joined Sheffield Wednesday last June on a free transfer from Gillingham. He started his career in Blackpool playing for his hometown club and has had spells at Everton and Swansea City.