Son paid the price for drink driving

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A mother whose son died six days after crashing his car in a drink-drive accident has appealed to others not to make the same mistake.

Luke O’Sullivan, 24, of Carter Street in Fordham was critically injured in the early hours of Easter Saturday when he lost control of his car and hit a lamppost in Cemetery Hill in Exning.

He died six days later in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

An inquest on Thursday heard that Luke, a former pupil at St Louis Primary School, St Felix Middle school and Newmarket Upper School, had almost twice the legal level of alcohol in his blood when the accident happened.

After the hearing, his mother Julie Taylor said the accident should never had happened.

“I cannot begin to describe the pain we have experienced in the past six months, having lost our wonderful son Luke. and it is so devastating to lose a child in these circumstances.

“This should never have happened. There is no need to lose a life in this way.

“Luke thought he was alright to drive home but he wasn’t and he paid the ultimate price for his mistake.

“Please don’t drink and drive as our lives will never ever be the same again. We all miss him so much.

“If you knew Luke I hope you will cherish the good times you shared together but remember him also for why he is not here.”

Mrs Taylor praised motorists who tried to help her son. “From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all those people, especially one passer-by, whose actions meant Luke did not die at the roadside but was taken to hospital.

“Without them we would not have had that extra time with Luke and the chance to say our goodbyes.”

She also paid tribute to the staff of the neurosciences critical care unit at Addenbrookes.

“As a mother you always do your best to protect your children, but there comes a time when you can’t always be there and sometimes they make the wrong decisions which is what happened to Luke,” she said.

Police accident investigator Pc Rick Godden told the inquest that the level of alcohol in Luke’s blood would have “significantly impaired” his reactions and was the most likely explanation for the accident. A post mortem examination revealed he had died from brain injury and cardiac arrest as a result of the crash.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.