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Chef 'died of multiple injuries'
Robbie Millar
Robbie Millar died after his car left the road
A NI celebrity chef who was killed in a road accident in County Down last year died of multiple injuries, a coroner has told an inquest into his death.

Robbie Millar, who owned the Michelin starred Shanks Restaurant near Bangor, died after his Maserati car crashed in the Craigantlet Hills in August 2005.

An expert told the inquest the chef may have survived if the fence his car hit had met new safety regulations.

An autopsy also showed Mr Millar was slightly over the drink-drive limit.

However, Northern Ireland state pathologist Professor Jack Crane told Belfast Coroner's Court that the alcohol level was unlikely to have played a major role in the accident.

Damien Coll, who carried out a mechanical study of the Maserati after the accident, said if sections of the fence had not penetrated the car, the crash would have been "survivable".

Even though Mr Millar's top of the range sports car had been fitted with specialist anti-sliding mechanisms to be used in potentially treacherous driving conditions, Mr Coll insisted nothing could totally guard against dangerous speed levels.

The crash took place in the Craigantlet Hills
The crash took place in the Craigantlet Hills

He said: "If you are going way too hard into a corner, even the best system will not guarantee you safe passage around the corner."

However, he was unable to confirm whether speeding was to blame for the car careering off the road.

"It's a multi-faceted loss of control," he said.

"If you change any one of those conditions the collision may not have occurred at all.

"But to know what factor was the final factor that caused the vehicle to go out of control is impossible to say."

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