A tyre that was both severely worn and incorrectly fitted is thought to have caused the horror crash that killed a teenage couple near Pomeroy, an inquest has heard.
Kevin Conway, 18, from Devesky Road in Carrickmore and his 16-year-old girlfriend Lisa O’Donnell of Cairn Road, Loughmacrory, died after their Seat Leon collided with a truck between Carrickmore and Pomeroy on December 8, 2012.
They faced a scene of horror and did what they could in the most distressing circumstances imaginable - Coroner Mr Leckey
Both suffered head injuries in the Saturday afternoon tragedy after being thrown from the car when it collided with an oncoming lorry on the Termon Road.
The Omagh inquest heard how apprentice electrician Kevin Conway was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and that while Miss O’Donnell, a sixth form student at the Sacred Heart College in Omagh, was - it was ‘torn’ on impact.
The front driver side tyre had been put on the wrong way around and was also ‘worn’ according to Forensic officer Dr Emerson Callender.
He concluded that the incorrectly fitted tyre may have caused the tragedy.
Describing the Seat Leon as “just a bundle of metal” after viewing photographs of the accident, Coroner John Leckey asked that the forensic report on the incident be passed to the PSNI’s Traffic Branch so they can inform the public of the dangers if tyres are not properly fitted.
“It can be crucial a tyre is fitted in the correct way,” he said.
“I find it difficult at times to make out the print on a tyre wall and I’m sure I’m not alone.”
Extending his “deepest sympathy” to the teenager’s families, Mr Leckey also commended the members of the public and emergency services who were at the scene according to the Ulster Herald.
He said: “They faced a scene of horror and did what they could in the most distressing circumstances imaginable.”