Fleckney teenager Adam Stevenson died in crash days after passing test
A teenager died in a crash just days after passing his driving test, an inquest heard.
Adam Stevenson, 18, was driving behind two friends' cars when his Ford Ka moved into the oncoming lane and than spun left, careered into the verge and hit a tree.
The crash happed just outside Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on the evening of January 23.
A police investigation found that the most likely explanation was that Adam, who lived in nearby Fleckney and knew the road well, was trying to overtake his two friends when he lost control of the Ka, which belonged to his parents.
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At the inquest at Leicester Town Hall on Wednesday, accident investigator Pc Rachel Marston said: "Adam may have been commencing an overtake.
"There's no physical evidence of why he was on the wrong side of the road and we may never know why he was there."
Adam suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the inquest, statements from the other young drivers, Tom Hodgson and Connor Murrell, were read out, as well as that of a 15-year-old girl who was in Connor's car at the time of the crash.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in her statement: "I remember there was mud and stones on the road. I noticed Adam getting closer behind our car. Adam then began to overtake our car and I think he wanted to overtake both cars.
"Connor pulled back to let Adam in and Adam tried to fit in and it looked like he was trying to slow down. The movement of his car was jerky. The car went across the road and I saw it hit a tree."
The investigation found that while the speed limit of the road was 60mph, Adam's vehicle was travelling at less than 40mph at the time of the crash.
Pc Marston said the three drivers all tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Coroner Donald Coutts-Wood recorded a verdict of accidental death.