News: Speeding driver kills family friend in crash on A46 on way to Ingoldmells

News: Speeding driver kills family friend in crash on A46 on way to Ingoldmells

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A driver who was speeding along the A46 caused the death of a family friend after crashing into a queue of cars while on a trip to the seaside.

Kevin Elliott was driving at 85mph on the dual carriageway on July 20 last year heading for Ingoldmells when his car ran into the back of a line of vehicles that had halted for an earlier accident near RAF Syerston close to Newark.

Denise Dyer, 57 was a rear seat passenger in the car and suffered broken ribs in the accident. She died 11 days later in hospital.

An inquest heard that she was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

Police expert Mark Gascoigne said that the stopped traffic was in view for 0.8 of a mile on the road, which has a 70mph limit.

Mr Elliott’s car hit the rear of a Vauxhall Meriva, which was in turn was shunted into a Volkswagen Golf, said PC Gascoigne.

 

Nottinghamshire’s senior Coroner Mairin Casey asked the officer: “There is not any detailing of attempts to brake? “PC Gascoigne replied: “No, none at all.”

They were on the way to the seaside in Lincolnshire
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The coroner said a child passenger reported a noise and the officer said: “He heard the scratching of tyres.”

Mr Elliott was charged with causing the death of Mrs Dyer by dangerous driving and had been due to face trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

But the inquest heard of the death of Mr Elliott, 65, who lived on Pear Tree Orchard, Ruddington, near Nottingham.

 

The coroner said that Mr Elliott had been driving “grossly in excess of the speed limit.

“It seems at no point did he accept that his driving on that day was unsafe both to him and other road users.

“It is almost miraculous to have had no more life-threatening injuries in this case.”

The coroner concluded that Mrs Dyer died as a result of a road traffic collision. The medical causes of death were pneumonia linked to rib cage fractures with underlying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.



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