Coroner's Court: the case of Martin Ostler

Sixth formers in the Medway Towns, UK, attended a re-enactment of an inquest into the death of Martin Ostler in a car crash. The car was driven by Ostler's friend, who survived, and the car also contained two other passengers who were seriously injured. All the occupants were aged 16 or 17. The driver had recently passed his test, but had not drunk alcohol or taken drugs. The occupants were wearing seatbelts. The speed limit was not broken. The corner was taken too fast and the car ended up on the wrong side of the road in the path of an oncoming car. At the inquest, the coroner, Pathologist, Forensic Police Officer, Family Liaison Officer and Coroner's clerks represented themselves. The witnesses were sixth formers and members of a road safety team. The impact made on the young people attending the re-enactment is described. An analysis showed an increase of 9% in passenger safety awareness after the event and 93% thought that attending an inquest would benefit other young drivers.

  • Authors:
    • NEGUS, S
  • Publication Date: 2006-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3-4
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 29

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:21PM