Motoristcareered into traffic after losing control, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 13:55 09 May 2011

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A MOTORIST careered into oncoming traffic after losing control of his car on a busy rural road, an inquest heard.

David Alexander Adams, 55, was driving along the A1123 between Stretham and Wicken when he lost control of his Peugeot on a bend and careered into oncoming traffic, suffering fatal injuries as a result.

At an inquest into his death held in Wisbech on Thursday, coroner for North and East Cambridgeshire David Morris, found that Mr Adams had died from multiple traumatic injuries and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The accident took place at about 5.45pm on January 4, with Mr Adams heading home to Spalding in Lincolnshire from Bury St Edmunds along the A1123.

Cambridge resident Carl Merry, 33, told the coroner he was driving to nearby Wicken when he spotted Mr Adams’ Peugeot coming in the opposite direction, swerve into the path of oncoming traffic shortly after rounding a sharp bend. Mr Merry, whose Ford Mondeo was behind a vehicle, said the Peugeot then managed to get back in the correct lane before swerving 90 degrees and careering into his path, having missed the car directly in front.

The smash forced Mr Adams’ car into a hedgerow at the side of the road, with the force of the impact dislodging his hatchback. Thirty-three-year-old Merry suffered minor injuries.

Paramedics attended the scene but were unable to resuscitate Mr Adams, who was declared dead at the scene.

Cambridgeshire police ­accident investigator Pc Stephen Edwards told the coroner that although the tread on the Peugeot’s near-side-front wheel was below the legal limit, it would not have contributed to the cause of the collision.

“The cause of the collision stemmed from the driver of the Peugeot losing control of his car as he approached the bend,” he said.

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