The driver of a car in a head-on crash with a lorry on the A11 probably lost control because of a deep vein thrombosis, a coroner has said.
Sharon Field, 56, a receptionist, of Meadow Way, Offley, near Hitchin, sustained severe brain injuries when her VW Passatt car was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry at Barton Mills on April 1, an inquest at Bury St Edmunds was told yesterday..
She was taken to a specialist unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where she died the following day.
Despite the severity of her injuries, doctors said the effects of a deep vein thrombosis already existing in her leg would have proved fatal.
Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said a specialist had concluded that the effects of the clot ‘clearly caused her to lose control of the vehicle.’
The inquest heard how lorry driver Albert Bennett had been travelling through roadworks close to the Fiveways roundabout when the car driven by Mrs Field crossed from the opposite side of the road and collided head-on with his vehicle.
As a result of the impact Mrs Field’s car rebounded and struck a Citroën Picasso car which had been travelling behind her.
In a statement, Mr Bennett said he had been unable to avoid the collision.
A post mortem examination showed that Mrs Field died as a result of a traumatic brain injury and a DVT.
The coroner recorded a narrative conclusion that Mrs Field died from the combined effects of traumatic brain injury and a DVT.