NI crash driver was under influence of drink and drugs

A Northern Ireland motorist who died in a road crash that also claimed the life of one of his passengers was over the legal alcohol limit, and was under the influence of three different drugs.

Ryan Edward Maguire, aged 22, drove his Volkswagen Polo through a junction and into a car containing a family of four. The family's Volkswagen Passat was left on its roof in a field, and while the two children were "distressed", they escaped any physical injury. The mother suffered worst, requiring a plate to be inserted in her arm.

Mr Maguire, and the two passengers in the back of the vehicle were not wearing seat-belts at the time of the crash. Mr Maguire died in the crash, and one of the rear seat passengers, Andrew Wilson, aged 29, died from his injuries the next day. Another passenger, Ciaran Donnelly, aged 28, suffered serious injuries.

The inquest into the death of Mr Maguire ruled out that the crash was caused by a mechanical fault. Mr Maguire was found to be one-and-a-half times over the legal drink limit, and three different drugs were found in his system. Coroner Jim Kitson said that there was ""no doubt he should not have been driving on this occasion".

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