A SPEEDING driver who “had the biggest heart” died instantly after his car hit a bollard, flipped upside down and crashed into a front garden, an inquest found.
Yousif Thabet (21) died when the grey Volkswagen Golf he had been driving spun out of control after overtaking another car on Bawtry Road, Brinsworth, at 12.40am on May 10 last year.
Giving evidence at Doncaster Coroner’s Court on Friday, PC Paul Lidster said the car had been taken without the owner’s consent and the victim had not been insured to drive it.
No formal statement of complaint had been made regarding the car being taken without consent, said PC Lidster, of South Yorkshire Police’s serious collisions unit.
Sister Iesah Thabet said her brother “loved his family, friends, his religion and cars” — adding: “Yousif was the cheeky one of the family with the biggest heart.”
She said he had carried out charity work with children and as part of his legacy a building and two charities have been set up in his honour.
Mr Thabet, of Wesley Street, Sheffield, had been driving alone near Tinsley when he saw friend Aziz Ahmed out walking at 11.30pm and asked if he wanted to go for a drive.
In a statement, Mr Ahmed said that they had both been wearing seatbelts and the road surface had been wet.
He had had no concerns over Mr Thabet’s driving but as they approached Brinsworth, he had sped up.
In “a split second”, Mr Ahmed said the car had started to spin in the road and that had been his last memory before waking up in Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
Mr Ahmed sustained fractures to his pelvis, left knee and cuts to the left side of his head. He still suffers from mental trauma and flashbacks.
Pathologist Dr Kim Suvarna said Mr Thabet had suffered a broken neck, traumatic injuries to both legs and a right arm fracture.
He died instantly.
The court heard police had received reports of another car in the area at the time of the collision — a white VW Golf.
The driver, Shoki Abdo, told the court he had been out driving with his younger brother and a friend along Bawtry Road.
In Mr Adbo’s statement, he said he had heard a loud, revving noise and had noticed Mr Thabet’s grey car behind him.
Mr Abdo said he didn’t know who Mr Thabet was but that his brother and passenger had recognised Mr Thabet and Mr Ahmed.
Mr Abdo said after the grey car had overtaken him it had lost control and there had been a loud crash.
“We saw the car embedded in someone’s garden wall and I called 999,” Mr Abdo said.
Fiona Wilson, a forensic collision investigator, said she couldn’t determine the approximate speed of the grey VW Golf but associated it with “a high speed” due to the car becoming airborne, the loss of control and the substantial damage to the car.
No faults with the road environment or the vehicle prior to the collision had been identified, she said.
Toxicologist Dr Stephen Morley found nicotine and caffeine in Mr Thabet’s body but no alcohol or drugs.
Assistant Doncaster Coroner, Ms Louise Slater, concluded Mr Thabet died in a road traffic collision after suffering multiple injuries.
On the balance of probability, she believed speed had contributed to him losing control of the vehicle and causing the fatal collision.