Ceejay Broadhead was not wearing seatbelt when his Ford Focus crashed in Bransgore

Teenager who died in crash was almost three times drink drive limit

Teenager who died in crash was almost three times drink drive limit

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A TEENAGER was almost three times the drink-drive limit when he crashed his car into a lamp post in a Hampshire village.

Ceejay Broadhead was not wearing a seatbelt when he died in the crash which happened after he and friends had been playing drinking games in a pub.

The 19-year-old’s brother Myles was the first on the scene of the accident, after hearing the crash while walking from the Carpenter’s Arms in Bransgore where the pair had been drinking with friends.

An inquest into the former Ringwood School pupil’s death heard how his brother screamed “Ceejay, what have you done?” when he found the wreckage.

Southampton Coroner’s Court was told how Ceejay had driven to catch up with friends after leaving the pub but had lost control of the Ford Focus and ploughed into the phone mast in Burley Road in August 15 last year.

The inquest heard his friends had tried to stop him from driving but he cycled on a friend’s bike back to an address in Poplar Close where he had left his blue Ford Focus.

He then drove to catch up with his friends who were heading to another house nearby in the village.

Mystery surrounds why Mr Broadhead, who lived in Southbourne, Bournemouth, decided to drive the short distance and what led him to lose control of the car along the 30mph stretch of road.

A post-mortem found there was 223 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – 2.8 times the drinkdrive limit.

PC Jonathon Peace said there were “a number of possibilities” why Ceejay lost control of the car.

He said: “Excess speed and alcohol consumption are both key issues that have contributed to the collision.

There was no real reason for Mr Broadhead to drive his car and as a result of this poor decision he has paid the ultimate price and loss of his life.”

Determining a verdict of accidental death, deputy coroner for Southampton Gordon Denton said: “If there is any redeeming feature of this tragic accident is that no one else was hurt.

“Don’t drink and drive has a very true and tragic meaning and I trust that is one of the lessons that will be learnt from it.”

More than 250 family and friends attended Mr Broadhead’s funeral where balloons were set off and friends wore bright colours.

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8:29am Tue 20 May 14

kyrrie says...

How tragic to loose a life at such a young age from stupidity. Let's hope others take note of what has happened through drink driving and learn a lesson from it. My thoughts go to his family and friends.
How tragic to loose a life at such a young age from stupidity. Let's hope others take note of what has happened through drink driving and learn a lesson from it. My thoughts go to his family and friends. kyrrie
  • Score: 14

9:10am Tue 20 May 14

userds5050 says...

Mine don't. Lucky he didn't kill someone else.
Mine don't. Lucky he didn't kill someone else. userds5050
  • Score: 7

9:35am Tue 20 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

The chances of these all too frequent incidents,which bring so much heartbreak and grief to the families of all who are caught up in such totally avoidable tragedies,can only be legislated out by government.
They have to introduce stringent regulations over the use of motor vehicles,by young inexperienced adults,and also far more intensive driver education programmes,which would emphasise not only how to drive,but more importantly,the effect that a crash as a result of irresponsible and selfish driving,has on those who are innocently killed or left behind to mourn.
The chances of these all too frequent incidents,which bring so much heartbreak and grief to the families of all who are caught up in such totally avoidable tragedies,can only be legislated out by government. They have to introduce stringent regulations over the use of motor vehicles,by young inexperienced adults,and also far more intensive driver education programmes,which would emphasise not only how to drive,but more importantly,the effect that a crash as a result of irresponsible and selfish driving,has on those who are innocently killed or left behind to mourn. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 3

10:26am Tue 20 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

A very tragic story but why do people drink and drive/ride? Alcohol was the worst thing invented!
A very tragic story but why do people drink and drive/ride? Alcohol was the worst thing invented! Kirsty666
  • Score: 2

10:44am Tue 20 May 14

camerajuan says...

Drink driving awareness classes and educating drivers will do utterly no good. Your brain functions differently when you're drunk and the line of right/wrong gets torn apart.

What needs to be emphasised is that people who are prone to idiotic choices whilst under the influence should simply drink less. The argument there is that once people are at a certain point whilst drinking, they don't see the problem with another one or four drinks and so, have sod all self control. They are the people that shouldn't drink at all.

If you can't stop when you know you should during undetermined and often variable events, you have a problem. I'm not saying stop drinking, I'm saying know your limits and learn how to control yourself so you don't break them.
Drink driving awareness classes and educating drivers will do utterly no good. Your brain functions differently when you're drunk and the line of right/wrong gets torn apart. What needs to be emphasised is that people who are prone to idiotic choices whilst under the influence should simply drink less. The argument there is that once people are at a certain point whilst drinking, they don't see the problem with another one or four drinks and so, have sod all self control. They are the people that shouldn't drink at all. If you can't stop when you know you should during undetermined and often variable events, you have a problem. I'm not saying stop drinking, I'm saying know your limits and learn how to control yourself so you don't break them. camerajuan
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Tue 20 May 14

forest hump says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
The chances of these all too frequent incidents,which bring so much heartbreak and grief to the families of all who are caught up in such totally avoidable tragedies,can only be legislated out by government.
They have to introduce stringent regulations over the use of motor vehicles,by young inexperienced adults,and also far more intensive driver education programmes,which would emphasise not only how to drive,but more importantly,the effect that a crash as a result of irresponsible and selfish driving,has on those who are innocently killed or left behind to mourn.
"They" cannot do a thing. You will never stop this kind of behaviour. Why do we always have to legislate for idiots?
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: The chances of these all too frequent incidents,which bring so much heartbreak and grief to the families of all who are caught up in such totally avoidable tragedies,can only be legislated out by government. They have to introduce stringent regulations over the use of motor vehicles,by young inexperienced adults,and also far more intensive driver education programmes,which would emphasise not only how to drive,but more importantly,the effect that a crash as a result of irresponsible and selfish driving,has on those who are innocently killed or left behind to mourn.[/p][/quote]"They" cannot do a thing. You will never stop this kind of behaviour. Why do we always have to legislate for idiots? forest hump
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5:02pm Tue 20 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

camerajuan wrote:
Drink driving awareness classes and educating drivers will do utterly no good. Your brain functions differently when you're drunk and the line of right/wrong gets torn apart.

What needs to be emphasised is that people who are prone to idiotic choices whilst under the influence should simply drink less. The argument there is that once people are at a certain point whilst drinking, they don't see the problem with another one or four drinks and so, have sod all self control. They are the people that shouldn't drink at all.

If you can't stop when you know you should during undetermined and often variable events, you have a problem. I'm not saying stop drinking, I'm saying know your limits and learn how to control yourself so you don't break them.
Well CJ,that would be what the whole point of a driving awareness course would be all about wouldn't it?
But at the end of the day,you can only inform people,if they choose to then selfishly ignore those lessons,and subsequently destroy lives,sadly they only have themselves to blame.
Everyone knows the foibles of human nature though,and nothing will ever change that,but the threat of hefty fines,banning and re tests,would go a long way to making some drivers think twice about being so selfish and foolish,and in the process,save some lives.
Sadly,we require courageous politicians,who are more concerned about human life than votes,to bring about a change in legislation...so we are back to human nature again!
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Drink driving awareness classes and educating drivers will do utterly no good. Your brain functions differently when you're drunk and the line of right/wrong gets torn apart. What needs to be emphasised is that people who are prone to idiotic choices whilst under the influence should simply drink less. The argument there is that once people are at a certain point whilst drinking, they don't see the problem with another one or four drinks and so, have sod all self control. They are the people that shouldn't drink at all. If you can't stop when you know you should during undetermined and often variable events, you have a problem. I'm not saying stop drinking, I'm saying know your limits and learn how to control yourself so you don't break them.[/p][/quote]Well CJ,that would be what the whole point of a driving awareness course would be all about wouldn't it? But at the end of the day,you can only inform people,if they choose to then selfishly ignore those lessons,and subsequently destroy lives,sadly they only have themselves to blame. Everyone knows the foibles of human nature though,and nothing will ever change that,but the threat of hefty fines,banning and re tests,would go a long way to making some drivers think twice about being so selfish and foolish,and in the process,save some lives. Sadly,we require courageous politicians,who are more concerned about human life than votes,to bring about a change in legislation...so we are back to human nature again! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Tue 20 May 14

Kbomph says...

There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.
There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you. Kbomph
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Tue 20 May 14

biggus2 says...

People who are caught drink driving consider themselves unlucky to have been caught, the get prosecuted and get a ban. But they do go home at the end of the day. This is a terrible waste of a young life. There is sufficient legislation to deal with the problem but its a drivers choice, drunk or not they have a choice. If you kill some one ;while you are over the drink drive limit you are going to jail probably for at least 5 years. This young man did not get home and I hope his friends take note. Very sad for his family left behind wondering why.
People who are caught drink driving consider themselves unlucky to have been caught, the get prosecuted and get a ban. But they do go home at the end of the day. This is a terrible waste of a young life. There is sufficient legislation to deal with the problem but its a drivers choice, drunk or not they have a choice. If you kill some one ;while you are over the drink drive limit you are going to jail probably for at least 5 years. This young man did not get home and I hope his friends take note. Very sad for his family left behind wondering why. biggus2
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7:59pm Tue 20 May 14

sabre2th1 says...

This is why insurance is so high for us young'uns... condolences to the family and whatever...
This is why insurance is so high for us young'uns... condolences to the family and whatever... sabre2th1
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12:31am Wed 21 May 14

userds5050 says...

Kbomph wrote:
There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.
"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt.
[quote][p][bold]Kbomph[/bold] wrote: There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.[/p][/quote]"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt. userds5050
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12:29pm Wed 21 May 14

Kbomph says...

userds5050 wrote:
Kbomph wrote: There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.
"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt.
I don't think your comments are necessary, show some respect to family and friends who are still grieving, yes we have all done stupid things, we are all human at the end of the day. Keep your hurtful unnecessary comments to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kbomph[/bold] wrote: There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.[/p][/quote]"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt.[/p][/quote]I don't think your comments are necessary, show some respect to family and friends who are still grieving, yes we have all done stupid things, we are all human at the end of the day. Keep your hurtful unnecessary comments to yourself. Kbomph
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4:28pm Wed 21 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Kbomph wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Kbomph wrote: There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.
"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt.
I don't think your comments are necessary, show some respect to family and friends who are still grieving, yes we have all done stupid things, we are all human at the end of the day. Keep your hurtful unnecessary comments to yourself.
A candidate for the Darwin Award.

Fortunately, nobody else involved.
[quote][p][bold]Kbomph[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kbomph[/bold] wrote: There is not a day that goes by when we don't think about Ceejay, we all miss him so much, he was a huge part of everybody's life, he was the life and soul of the party and he always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down, it has changed our life's completely since he has left us, we all look at life differently now as you never know what's going to happen, Ceejay will be in our spirits forever and we will never stop thinking about you.[/p][/quote]"You never know what's going to happen." Sadly you do when you go around driving three times over the limit without a seatbelt.[/p][/quote]I don't think your comments are necessary, show some respect to family and friends who are still grieving, yes we have all done stupid things, we are all human at the end of the day. Keep your hurtful unnecessary comments to yourself.[/p][/quote]A candidate for the Darwin Award. Fortunately, nobody else involved. From the sidelines
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