Brandon driver died of multiple injuries after car hit tree at high speed

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Accident investigators were unable to find evidence of a Brandon man braking or attempting to steer away when his car hit a tree at high speed, an inquest has heard.

Jonathan Wojtasz, 28, of Edmund Road, Brandon, is believed to have been travelling at more than 60mph when the impact occurred beside the C622 at Santon Downham on April 4.

An inquest at Bury St Edmunds yesterday heard that Mr Fuller was declared dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said statements from Mr Wojtasz’s family showed he had been going through a difficult time following problems with a relationship.

In a statement, witness Tony Lee said he had looked up to see Mr Wojtasz’s Ford Fiesta travelling at high speed before leaving the road.

A post-mortem examination confirmed death had been due to multiple injuries.

Specialist accident investigator Pc Andy Fossey told the inquest the damage to the car indicated it had been travelling in excess of 60mph and there was nothing to show a mechanical fault had contributed to the accident.

He said examination of the car and the road surface showed no indication of Mr Wojtasz braking before the impact or trying to steer away from it.

While it was possible Mr Wojtasz had for some reason been distracted, Pc Fossey said it was also possible he had deliberately driven into the tree.

“I can’t rule it out. It is one of many possibilities,” he said.

In a statement, Mr Wojtasz’s father, Andrew, described his son as ‘intelligent, loving and generous, with a good sense of humour’.

Recording a narrative verdict that Mr Wojtasz died from multiple injuries sustained when the car he was driving struck a tree, Dr Dean said: “We don’t know exactly how the incident was triggered.”