A FATHER died in a car crash after breaking the speed limit and losing control of his car.
A Huddersfield inquest heard that Nigel Payne, 32, was driving his Vauxhall Astra on January 28 and collided with an Audi A6.
The impact was so severe that the Audi badge was imprinted onto the bodywork of Mr Payne’s car.
Mr Payne, of Wharton Street, Liversedge, suffered multiple injuries and died instantly.
He was driving along Muffit Lane, Birstall, at 50mph – when the speed limit is 30mph – and his car travelled over onto the wrong side of the road where it collided with the Audi.
Sgt Steve Green, a senior collision investigator for West Yorkshire Police, said: "The damage was extensive and consistent with a high speed collision.
"The speed of the Astra, driven by Mr Payne, would be approximately 50mph.
"The Audi badge was imprinted on the door of the Astra, such was the severity of the impact."
The inquest heard from Sean Ingham, a friend of Mr Payne. He had been driving in his own car that night and saw Mr Payne on the road so used his headlights to flash at his car.
Mr Payne then drove off from a T-junction and as Mr Ingham drove round the right hand bend on Muffit Lane seconds later.
The window cleaner said: "I came round the corner and saw his car – it was on the wrong side of the road.
"I phoned his girlfriend Katrina and told her there had been an accident but not how bad it was, she said something about his insurance premium going up, but I didn’t want to tell her how he was."
PC Stuart Parkin said he was aware of a number of accidents on Muffit Lane but said there is no problem with the road when driving at the correct speed limit.
Sgt Steve Green added that although the front tyre tread on Mr Payne’s car was below the legal limit, it was not a contributory factor.
Yesterday’s inquest resumed from last month, when Carlton Nash, who had been driving the Audi A6, told the court that there was no time or space to steer out of the way of Mr Payne’s oncoming car.
Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict of accidental death.