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Teenage Cancer Survivor Killed In Car Crash After Driver Skidded Sideways Into Hair Salon At More Than 115mph Only A Month After She Received All Clear

23 February 2014

  • Jade Best, 19, died instantly when the car crashed into a building
  • Soldier Danny Hague, 32, a passenger, also died at the scene
  • High-powered Mitsubishi was driven by Adam Ruthven, 27 who also died
  • Jade's parents, from West Yorks, paid tribute to their daughter

A teenager was killed in a 115mph car crash just a month after being told she had survived cancer, an inquest heard.

Jade Best, 19, was killed instantly when the high-powered car driven by Adam Ruthven, 27, lost control and skidded sideways into a hairdressing salon.

Soldier Danny Hague, 32, who was sat in the passenger seat at the time, also died at the scene, as did the driver.

An inquest in Bradford, West Yorkshire, heard just days before the accident, Miss Best had celebrated her 19th birthday.

She had been given the all clear from cancer just a month before.

The teenager was described after her death as 'a strong character who got over her cancer', which she had received chemotherapy treatment for.

Following the crash on the evening of September 16 last year, her parents said in a statement: 'Jade was a happy-go-lucky person and had a lovely outgoing personality that meant she embraced life to its fullest.

'She had recently been given the all-clear following a cancer diagnosis and had so much life left to live.

We are devastated by her death and that she has been taken from us in such tragic circumstances.'

The coroner was told CCTV suggested keen car enthusiast Mr Ruthven was driving no less than 100mph and possibly 'in excess of 115mph'.

Minutes earlier, the Mitsubishi had overtaken a vehicle containing two people who commented that 'it was going to kill somebody'.

Road traffic accident investigator Keith Rayner told the coroner that it was an 'unbelievable speed', and that residents had commented on the car's noise and speed earlier on in the evening.

Paramedic Jodie Halls told the hearing: 'I arrived first at the scene and saw lots of people, with the car embedded into the building.

'There was someone giving CPR to the driver.

When I opened the rear door on the driver's side I saw a young woman laid across the back seats.

'She had no pulse and wasn't breathing, I knew she was dead. The driver was also dead, we worked on the passenger giving him further CPR but he died soon after.'

Coroner Tim Ratcliffe, recording verdicts of accidental death, said: 'Mr Ruthven knew the area well and was well aware of the speed limit.

'His speed was excessive and frightening to those who had seen the car that evening.'

He told the families: 'You have lost loved ones at an early age, and for this I am very sorry.'


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