An inquest into the death of Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson has heard from the Sheffield native’s father.

Coroner Anne Pember from Northampton General Hospital read a statement prepared by Justin’s father, Keith which read:

The car leading the race crashed and was driving at over 200mph. The driver was unhurt but debris from his car flew high into the air and a large, heavy piece hit Justin on the head as he approached the scene of the accident. Justin was unconscious, he was extracted from the car and rushed to hospital. He underwent surgery and was kept on a life support machine until the following day.

Mr Wilson’s statement continued:

The decision was then taken to switch off the machine and Justin was pronounced deceased. Justin was a kind, caring and loving son who is sadly missed by all of his family and friends.

Mrs Pember concluded that Wilson’s death was accidental. The Andretti Autosport driver was killed during the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway when the nose cone section of Karam’s car struck the Andretti Autosport car driven by Wilson.

The news comes as the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets ready to kick off this weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

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