Inquest verdict on death-crash student

A JURY has returned a narrative verdict after a four-day inquest into the death of a 19-year-old student teacher. Hatfield Coroner s Court had heard Charlotte Edwards had been drinking when she crashed head-on into a police car in Stanborough Road, WGC.

A JURY has returned a narrative verdict after a four-day inquest into the death of a 19-year-old student teacher.

Hatfield Coroner's Court had heard Charlotte Edwards had been drinking when she crashed head-on into a police car in Stanborough Road, WGC.

The jury of six men and five women said the police officer was justified in the circumstances to be driving at approximately 80mph at the time of the crash, at about 2am on June 19 last year.

Coroner Edward Thomas said: "Charlotte Edwards had no intention to go out and drink drive.

A lovely responsible girl made the decision that they wouldn't normally have made if they hadn't had too much to drink."

Miss Edwards, of Greyhound Lane, South Mimms, a former pupil at St Albans High School for Girls, died as a result of the impact.

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Her passenger, 19-year-old Charlotte Phillips, who had been a fellow pui

pil at the High School, was injured, as were two police officers, Pc Martin Matthews and Pc Karl Goulding.