Death of marine will remain a mystery

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THE CAUSE of the crash that killed a young marine near where he was based at RM Condor will never be known according to an inquest into his death.

An initial inquest, which was held after Carl Harrison’s silver Vauxhall Astra crashed on the A933 between Arbroath and Friockheim, recorded the verdict of accidental death.

A further inquest in Carl’s native Worcestershire by an HM Coroner has concluded that the crash was accidental but the cause remains unexplained.

It is thought that Carl (24), had lost control of the car and over a distance of almost 500 metres the vehicle had struck various objects at both sides of the road before colliding with a telegraph pole.

He was unconscious when he was cut free from his car following the crash and died the following day (November 9, 2010) of serious head and internal injuries at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

Members of his family were at his bedside when he passed away.

At the time, Tayside Police appealed for further information as they tried to determine the cause of the crash before embarking on a painstaking investigation at the scene.

Worcester coroner Geraint Williams has ruled that Carl’s death was accidental. At the end of the inquest he said: “Marine Harrison died of multiple injuries, and blunt force trauma, sustained in the accident.”

A spokesman for HM Coroner said: “The crash was not witnessed and there was no evidence of speed, alcohol levels or indeed how the crash occurred.

“The vehicle was without defect.

“It occurred in the early hours and one can only speculate about what might have happened to cause the vehicle to leave the road.”

A family statement released after Carl’s death said: “Carl touched the hearts of everyone he met and had a smile that could melt anyone he looked at.

“When he joined the Royal Marines it was the making of him and we were all so proud of what he had accomplished and we will always be proud of him.

“He was taken from us too soon, but he will never leave our hearts.”