Man dies crashing truck after storming out of pub angry at girlfriend’s ‘banter’

A man crashed his truck and died after storming out of a pub angry at "banter" by his girlfriend, an inquest heard.

Edwin Llyr Evans, 31, was enjoying an evening out when he took an "unfortunate remark" by his partner "completely the wrong way".

The comment caused "incandescent rage" and "the red mist had descended" – so he left the pub while over the drink drive limit.

Edwin, known as Llyr, then returned to the pub but left again and later collided with a tree at 75mph, an inquest at Aberystwyth Justice Centre was told.

He had been socialising with friends and his partner of five months Rhian Jones.

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An inquest into his death held today heard that the quip made him "visibly upset" and "quiet".

This then led him to "storm out" of the Llanina Arms in Aberystwyth, Wales and drive home.

Giving evidence, Rhian said the pair shared "banter all the time".

She added: "I didn't think that with the banter we have he would take it so personally."

The hearing was told that the joshing caused Llyr to leave the pub in his Ford Ranger at around 10pm on April 10 last year.

He then returned just ten minutes later to collect his phone while "still clearly in an agitated state".

But he drove off again after grabbing the device and sped along the A486 before colliding with a large tree at 75mph – suffering fatal injuries.

Investigators discovered that Llyr, from Llanarth, Wales had also made a short phone call just moments before the crash.

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PC Matthew Fraser told the inquest held at Aberystwyth Justice Centre that officers "could not discount that [Llyr] was distracted" by the call.

He added that possible driver distraction, speed and alcohol impairment were the "catalysts" for the tragedy.

A post-mortem revealed that Llyr had a blood alcohol level of 104mg. The legal limit is 80mg.

Sean Thomas, who was driving a truck and trailer along same road, told the hearing that he was overtaken by a Ford Ranger at "high speed".

He said: "He came out of nowhere. He passed us and stayed in the wrong lane until the brow of the hill. He was out of control and seemed in some kind of rage.

"He was in danger of hurting himself or somebody else."

Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, coroner Peter Brunton said it was a "very tragic case indeed" which hinged on an "unfortunate remark".

He said: "These words brought out in him in an almost incandescent rage. It is quite clear that the red mist had descended.

The manner of his driving was not due only to alcohol, but it had a significant effect."

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