Teen with tendency to ‘panic’ died in double crash while driving wrong way down M60

A teenager died in a double fatal crash after almost hitting a police car head-on and driving the wrong way down the motorway.

Brandon Pryde swerved the cops and drove towards oncoming traffic on the M60, killing himself and 66-year-old driver David Faulkner.

The 18-year-old, also known as Brandon Geasley, reached speeds of up to 130mph during the rapid police chase in May last year, an inquest heard.

He was said to be driving a BMW X4 around Wythenshawe in Greater Manchester that had been reported stolen from Bramhall earlier that day.

Police officers recalled the high speed chase during the inquest at Manchester South Coroners Court on Monday, reports Manchester Evening News.

Brandon’s mum Olivia Geasley wore a t-shirt to the hearing with her son’s face on it to mark his memory.

PC Jennifer Barrow, one of the tactical officers who chased Brandon, was asked if her pursuit had encouraged him to drive the wrong way down the motorway.

She said: “There’s five or six exits on that roundabout. He could have taken any of those exits and driven down the right way.

“But for whatever reason, he has made that choice to go the wrong way back onto the M60.

“If he hadn’t, we wouldn’t be sat here today. I’ve not made him go the wrong way round the motorway.”

PC Barrow told the coroner how she had set off to look for the stolen car in Wythenshawe with three other vehicles from her tactical unit earlier that day.

She found the BMW X4 displaying false plates but then lost sight of it until it started speeding away from her and she started to chase.

“I was looking out for the BMW and up ahead there was a group of cars beyond the McDonald’s, probably about five or six cars,” she added.

“I didn’t think anything of it and then one of these cars came out of the group and started to overtake everybody else and speed away.

“I thought it was the BMW so I put on my emergency equipment and tried to catch up to see whether it was the BMW and to request it to stop.”

A large portion of Ms Blackstock’s questioning revolved around the safety of the chase and whether police should have considered other alternatives available to them to bring the chase to a halt.

It was also considered whether the chase should have been abandoned when the risks to personal safety rose alongside the speed of the chase, as the risk may have then outweighed the benefit of investigating the crime.

There has been no evidence shown in the court to indicate Brandon was the one responsible for stealing the car.

And Great Manchester Police previously charged a 40-year-old man in connection with the theft of the BMW X4.

Mrs Geasley described her son as a “very quiet, shy, and well mannered boy” who would “lecture his friends when they got in trouble”.

The labourer had big aspirations for his family and wanted to set up a dog breeding business to help them and make them proud.

Assistant coroner Adrian Farrow heard that Brandon had ADHD, and stressful situations sent his brain into “a panic” meaning the boy with “good morals” would often act first and “think afterwards”.

Friends and family paid tribute to the teen at the time of his death, describing him as a “pure, pure soul” who “never had a chance”.

Sister Gabrielle Mullally said: “My whole family is broken. Without him, this world is worse off. He didn’t get his chance to share his beautiful light around this world.”

The inquest is set to hear evidence from the other drivers involved in the pursuit, their passengers, and the tactical advisor who was giving advice to the drivers from the control centre.

The five-day hearing is set to conclude on Friday.

An inquest into the death of Mr Faulkner, who was driving the red Vauxhall hit by Brandon, is set to begin next week.