A YOUNG woman died in an horrific head-on crash while giving friends a lift home, an inquest heard.
Laura Samantha Jenkins, 18, of Bradwall Road, Sandbach, had just picked up a male friend and his two work colleagues in Nantwich on January 31 when the tragedy occurred in Middlewich Road, Crewe.
The teenager’s father Peter Jenkins described the harrowing moment he was told his daughter had died at an inquest before deputy coroner for Cheshire, Dr Janet Napier on Friday.
‘We were worried that she hadn’t come home and I rang the police at around 12.15am.
‘The woman at the police call centre asked me for her name and then asked me to wait a moment while she checked a few records and said she would come back to me.
‘Ten minutes later the police knocked on the door and explained that Laura had lost her life.’
The other driver involved, Carl Crawford, 27, of Underwood Lane Crewe, said he was near Leighton Hospital at around 11pm when the impact occurred.
Mr Crawford, who was in hospital for two weeks after the crash, said: ‘I don’t know if I reacted or not, but I saw headlights on my side of the road.
‘I just remember waking up behind the car and drifting in and out of consciousness.’
Miss Jenkins’ friend, Benjamin Griffiths, 22, of Glastonbury Drive, Middlewich, agreed she was on the wrong side of the road when the collision occurred.
‘I saw headlights and I tried to react and grab the wheel.
‘Then I remember waking up in the car. I had cuts to my face and had ripped the ligaments in my shoulder.’
His friend Dennis Blackburn, who was also in the car, was in hospital for six weeks.
Miss Jenkins, a popular team member at Phones 4 You in Crewe died from multiple injuries and blood loss.
Cheshire Police crash investigators said it appeared Miss Jenkins had been attempting to overtake another vehicle at around 55mph.