A dad of two teenagers killed in a 70mph horror crash has said the accident was “one silly mistake”.
Thomas Isle, 18, and brother Ashley, 13, died after the red Seat Ibiza that Thomas was driving ploughed into two lampposts after overtaking other vehicles “at speed and erratically” as they went to pick up a takeaway on November 7.
At the inquest into the brothers’ death, their dad Mark said: “They were both cracking lads. They worked hard for everything. Thomas was a good lad – it was just one silly mistake.
“Thomas was a fantastic son who was very close to his brother.”
Mr Isle said he had always seen his older son as a “competent and safe driver.”
Dean Fielding, who was driving behind the Seat, said he estimated the car to be speeding up to 70mph.
He told the inquest at Doncaster Coroner’s Court, South Yorks.,: “He tried to overtake a car in front, lost the back end, hit a grass verge and caused the car to roll. It was quite a shock.”
A number of motorists stopped by the roadside to call the emergency services.
Thomas died at the scene and Ashley died two days later in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, South Yorks.
A post mortem examination found they had both died from multiple injuries.
Toxicology reports found Thomas had no alcohol or drugs in his system.
PC Jarrod Barton, a crash scene investigator, said the vehicle had hit a grass verge, two lampposts and rolled over.
The officer said the speedometer was frozen on impact at 66mph, but told the inquest this was “probably an underestimation of the vehicle speed”.
The inquest heard Thomas had taken his car to a garage in York, North Yorks., the week before the crash to have it modified to boost its horsepower.
He previously had problems with his power steering but PC Barton said tests revealed the steering was working fine when the car crashed.
PC Barton said: “The incident was caused by the driver’s speed and manner of driving.”
The court heard Thomas had gained 14 GCSEs and was studying agriculture at Bishop Burton College in Beverley, East Yorks.
Assistant Coroner Mark Beresford concluded the car had been driving “at speed and erratic”.
He recorded a verdict that the brothers were killed as a result of a road traffic collision.
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