Search

Harold Hill crash victim died in ‘tragic accident’

PUBLISHED: 14:41 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 16 September 2015

Gabriel Serunkuma

Gabriel Serunkuma

Archant

A “passionate” young man who was finally “feeling good about himself” died in a tragic accident after losing control of his car and ploughing into a lamppost, an inquest heard.

On January 26, just before 10.30pm, Gabriel Serunkuma, 24 – who was driving faster than the 30mph limit on Upper Rainham Road, Hornchurch – “misjudged” a bend in the road and over-corrected himself.

Paramedics tried to save the young driver, of Heaton Way, Harold Hill, but he had sustained “massive injuries” and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His older brother, Raphael, told the coroner Gabriel, who worked as a kitchen porter at The Shepherd and Dog pub in Harold Hill, had been in some trouble with the law but was moving in the right direction and had recently gained his forklift drivers licence.

“The only thing that is really frustrating is he was trying to be a better person,” he said. “He had shown signs of improvement – getting a job and holding it down. For the longest time he had wanted to do be a forklift driver and work in a warehouse. He was feeling good about himself.”

He added that his brother, who he lived with in Heaton Way with their mother and older brother, was “very passionate, whether right or wrong.”

Medical reports showed Gabriel had a “significant amount” of cannabis in his system, but coroner Shirley Radcliffe said his regular use meant it might have had no impact on his death. He was driving with a provisional licence, but did have insurance on the car.

Collision investigator Phillip Ritchie said he was “without a doubt” driving faster than the 30mph limit as at the point of impact with the lamppost he was travelling 35-45mph.

Concluding that Gabriel’s death was an accident, the coroner said: “Gabriel was a young man who now had a goal.

“He tragically lost his life driving on a road where the speed limit was 30. It was well lit, there was no adverse weather conditions and nothing wrong with his car that could have contributed to the crash.

“He was driving at excess speed and misjudged the bend in the road.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

15:00

A dedicated room for terminally ill patients and their loved ones has officially opened at Queen’s Hospital in memory of a beloved grandfather.

Neighbours were making the most of the sunshine to commemorate the royal wedding with their very own street party.

08:16

Havering’s NHS hospital trust has apologised to the family of a grandmother whose painful death from bladder cancer the NHS watchdog ruled “avoidable”.

07:00

Tri-borough commander Jason Gwillim has said he would “love” more police officers in his command, but does not know how many will be pledged by the Mayor of London.

Yesterday, 17:49

If you’re using c2c to get home, your train could be leaving earlier than expected - or not calling at your stop at all.

Yesterday, 17:00

Lemon drizzle, red velvet and carrot cake were some of the many options available to Gidea Park residents attending a special bake sale held in memory of a teenager who died suddenly of a suspected heart problem.

Yesterday, 15:00

The second Romford Film Festival will officially open and showcase the best independently made films at Premiere Cinema in Romford this Thursday, May 24.

Yesterday, 11:55

A Romford man charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 21.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now
$render.recurse($ctx, '$content.code.value')