Talented young chef found ten hours after crashing car

Ryan Carney
Ryan Carney

BAR STAFF have told how they warned their 21-year-old friend not to drive his car after he had been drinking at a pub.

The toxicologist told the court Ryan, from Haslemere, was two and a half times over the legal alcohol limit.

Yesterday (June 10) his devastated family heard how Mr Carney lost control of his car and hit a tree on October 21, 2013.

His body was found at 11.30am by motorist John Williams, who was travelling along the B2131. Mr Williams said Mr Carney’s feet were hanging out of the driver’s window and he was lying face down. He ‘thought it was a practical joke’.

Mr Carney’s mother Maria said her son was a ‘healthy and happy’ young man 
who enjoyed playing sports and was a member 
of Midhurst Rugby Club.

He loved travelling and had spent several months working at a French ski resort. Ryan was training as a chef at The Links Tavern in Liphook.

“He found his niche,” added Mrs Carney.

“He was working hard and received a lot of praise.” She said her son was the life and soul of the party and his motto was Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.

Manager Stuart Midgley said Ryan was a hard worker, and was ‘jolly, friendly and chatty’. Ryan worked all day on October 20, before finishing in the evening to enjoy a few drinks for a colleague’s leaving party.

He started drinking at 9pm and left the pub about 12.45am.

Friends said he would usually go back to his mother’s house, a five-minute walk away, but had chosen to drive his car, against their advice.

PC Roland Watmore could not determine the exact cause of the crash, but concluded the vehicle lost control on a bend.

He added there was no evidence to suggest the car was exceeding the 60mph speed limit, but said Ryan was not wearing a seatbelt.

Summing up, Coroner Martin Milward described Ryan as an ‘intelligent individual, who enjoyed work and his life’.

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Carney’s family have set up a Just Giving page in his memory, with all proceeds going to Disability Snowsport UK.

For more information visit www.justgiving.com/ryancarney.