THE family of a popular Radio Odstock DJ killed in a car crash on the A360 will never know what caused the accident.

On Friday, Salisbury Coroner's Court heard how Graeme Comlay, a senior salesman at Paperchase, was a quarter of a mile north of the New Cut crossroads when he lost control of his Daewoo smashing head-on into a Ford Focus.

Mr Comlay was well known to patients at Salisbury District Hospital having spent ten years volunteering on the in-house radio station.

It was a clear evening when the 24-year-old was driving home to Durrington on November 24 just after 7pm.

The driver of a Ford Focus, Daniel Beveridge, reported how he saw Mr Comlay driving on the other carriageway towards him slightly over the white lines that divides the two sides of the road.

Yet he said Mr Comlay moved back onto the correct side of the road and he felt "no need to brake" or take avoiding action until the Daewoo unexpectedly swerved into him giving no time to react, hitting him head-on.

Both cars were travelling at 60mph at the time of collision causing the Daewoo to flip onto its roof. Mr Comlay died at the scene whilst Mr Beveridge, a maintenance engineer, suffered serious abdominal injuries.

The inquest heard how Mr Comlay had suffered from minor blackouts twice, once in 2007 on a family holiday in Florida and again six months earlier.

After visiting the hospital doctors made no recommendations against driving and he was described as being in good health.

The toxicology report showed he had no drugs or alcohol in his system and mobile phone records showed that neither drivers were using a handheld device at the time of the crash.

Senior coroner David Ridley recorded that Mr Comlay died of multiple injuries in keeping with a road traffic collision.

Collision investigation officer PC Stephen Fair speculated how Mr Comlay could have been distracted by something in the car, suffered a medical incident or swerved to avoid an animal but the inquest could not come to any definitive conclusion.

  •  On Saturday, as part of a 24-hour broadcast by Radio Odstock to raise money for the Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaign a plaque was unveiled at the station's record library in his memory. See Thursday's Journal.