Calls for ban on new drivers having passengers after two teenagers die in crash

A coroner has called for a ban on newly qualified drivers carrying passengers after a smash that killed two teenagers.

Lifelong pals Skye Mitchell and Caitlin Huddleston, both 18, died when Skye’s Toyota Yaris crashed into a van when she lost control on a bend .

She had passed her test four months before the tragedy.

Cumbria assistant coroner Robert Chapman is writing to the Government to request “graduated” driving licences.

MPs and safety groups are also backing such a scheme, as operated in the US, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Sky and Caitlin, of Millom, Cumbria, were killed last July on the A595.

Mr Chapman ruled they died of multiple injuries and added the Yaris was travelling a little too fast for the wet conditions.

He said: “It wouldn’t have been too fast if the road had been dry. But she was inexperienced.

“I am going to make a report to the Department for Transport.

“What I am concerned about is that once people have passed their test, they have a graduated driving licence.”

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Caitlin’s family has teamed up with charity Brake to call for the change.

Mum Sharron Huddleston said: “I am determined to fight for justice for Caitlin by helping the campaign for the graduated driving licence to be law.”

Figures show up to a quarter of new drivers are involved in accidents in their first two years with 400 suffering serious or fatal injuries each year.

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