Leicester

Two killed by Leicester crash death driver

Samantha Arnold
Image caption Samantha's sister and mother were also injured in the crash

A man who crashed into another car, killing himself, his father and a 12-year-old girl, was travelling at more than 100 mph, an inquest has heard.

David Stannett, 26, from Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, was also four times over the drink drive limit.

His car hit another vehicle carrying Samantha Arnold, of Eyres Monsell, in Lubbesthorpe Way in May.

A coroner ruled that Samantha and Mr Stannett's father Michael, 53, of Whetstone, were unlawfully killed.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded on David Stannett.

'Bright and funny'

The hearing at Leicester Town Hall was told Mr Stannett's Toyota Celica crossed into the oncoming carriageway and hit a Chrysler Voyager travelling in the opposite direction.

The Toyota was broken in two by the force of the crash and the engine was thrown across the road.

Mr Stannett and his father were declared dead at the scene while Samantha died later in hospital.

Her mother, who had been driving the Chrysler, and her 15-year-old sister were injured.

Samantha's stepfather, John Neville, said: "Samantha was so bright, happy, funny and people took to her as soon as they met her.

"She was just coming of age and beginning to enjoy life more. No words can describe how we feel."

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