Slow puncture given as possible contributing factor in crash

A slow puncture could have contributed to a loss of control in a fatal road traffic collision last year, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the death of 19-year-old Niall Rodgers from Eelwire Road, Corbet heard details of the collision between a Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Scenic at Castlewellan Road on January 27, 2013.

Mr Rodgers died from a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by head and neck injuries sustained when the Corsa he was driving was involved in the collision.

A Donaghcloney family of four were injured in the crash.

Mr Rodgers died at the scene. The inquest found: “His car was partly on the wrong side of the road when the collision occurred.

“At the time, weather conditions were good. The road surface was damp.

It was also stated the deceased had “lost control of his car in the course of negotiating a sweeping left hand bend whilst driving at an excessive speed.”

Forensic examination found a rear wheel had a slow puncture and the degree of under-inflation may have contributed to the loss of control, the inquest heard.