The death of 20-year-old Mikey Mason in a road traffic collision on Brading Downs earlier this year was as a result of driving ‘too fast for the road conditions’, but the Isle of Wight’s coroner has not been able to conclusively say what effect cannabis had on his driving ability.
An inquest has heard how Mikey, of Lane End Road, Bembridge, was travelling on Brading Downs Road in appalling conditions on the night of 3rd September 2017 when he lost control of his vehicle at a speed of around 60mph. The rear end of his MG ZR swung around and resulted in the vehicle travelling down the road side-on, into the path of an oncoming car.
The passenger side ‘T-Bone’ impact with the second vehicle – a Peugeot – was so severe that the 20-year-old sustained significant trauma. He died at the scene. Despite heavy damage to his Peugeot 207, 19-year-old Tom Wathen from Binstead survived the crash and was discharged from hospital the next day.
Toxicology reports conducted following the crash revealed that Mikey had traces of Tetrahydrocnnabinol – cannabis – in his system, a fact backed up by a witness statement saying he had smoked the drug that fatal day.
Coroner for the Isle of Wight, Caroline Sumeray, has concluded the death was a result of a road traffic collision. Ms Sumeray has said that she cannot conclusively say that cannabis played a role in the death, but that the drug may have caused Mikey Mason’s driving skills and judgement to be impaired.
The Police Accident Investigation Report ruled out cannabis as the cause.