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‘Worst accident I have seen’ on danger road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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A FATAL crash on a ‘dangerous’ country road has sparked calls for improved safety measures.

It comes after the opening of an inquest into the death of Keith Poynton, of Main Street, Rosliston, revealed the red Ferrari he was driving went ‘head on into a tree’.

The vehicle belonged to Chris Grant, chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club who had known the 57-year-old for five or six years.

Mr Poynton, an engineering director for Briggs of Burton, was driving with his son, Derbyshire County wicketkeeper, Tom Poynton, along Caldwell Road, Linton, on Friday night.

Speaking at the inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court, PC Deena Hyde, said yesterday, the vehicle went “head on into a tree”.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 9.15pm and his body was identified by Mr Grant.

PC Hyde added: “Mr Grant was at the home of the Poynton’s at the time.

“Mr Poynton (Tom) rang home to his mum and they all came together.”

The inquest has been adjourned pending further investigations.

Adrian Hall, who was the first to arrive on the scene told the Mail: “I saw the car smoking and could smell petrol. Tom was out of the car, and was hysterical.

“I was shocked. I have been down those lanes before and this was the worst accident I have seen. It is a really dangerous road.”

Another motorist, Andy Fleming, who saw the aftermath, claimed that chevron signs had been knocked over at the crash site just months before and had not been replaced.

He said: “If you don’t know that road very well then it is very dangerous.

“Road markings and signs need to be put in place.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re in touch with Derbyshire police who are trying to establish the circumstances of the crash. Once we know what caused the crash, we’ll have a clearer idea about any action that may need to be taken.”

Many colleagues and friends, including from the cricket world, have paid tribute.

John Andrews, who gave Keith his job at Briggs in the 70s, said: “I cannot begin to describe my shock at hearing of the loss.

“He was a key part of the successes we had, always admired by his colleagues and our customers, very hard-working and extraordinarily talented.

“We were very lucky to have him on our team, and he will leave a big hole in the lives of everyone who knew him.”

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