A FORGOTTEN phone charger could have played a part in a horrific car crash that killed a US airman and a much-loved teacher, an inquest has heard.
Staff Sgt Bradly Ring, 26, who worked at RAF Mildenhall, had forgotten the charger and returned to his Littleport home to fetch it.
Last Friday’s inquest in Wisbech heard how the delay led to him meeting the car of Kathy Faelber in a high-speed collision on the A1101.
Pc Francis Crawford, police collision investigator, called the crash ‘a 90 degree T-bone collision’.
Mrs Faelber, a teacher from Mildenhall who ran the Fenland Music Centre, was on her way to a concert in March when the incident took place on April 2.
Robert Nicholl, Mrs Faelber’s long-term partner, said she was ‘a happy person with a good state of mind’. She had spent the evening relaxing at her Mildenhall home before returning to March.
Mr Ring left his house at around 4.30pm to get to Mildenhall airbase for 5pm, but returned minutes later having forgotten the charger.
Mr Ring’s girlfriend, Enid Chile, told the inquest she had ‘tried to rush him out’ as he always liked to be on time.
Other drivers on the road described seeing Mr Ring driving at high speed before hitting a bump and losing control of his silver Honda. After weaving across the road and over a grass verge, the car crossed the carriageway and hit Mrs Faelber’s green Mazda.
Richard Rice, a van driver who witnessed the incident, said: “I saw him shoot to his right and then it was almost like an explosion of car parts.”
No defects were found with either vehicle and no alcohol had been consumed by the drivers.
Coroner William Morris returned a verdict of accidental death for both parties.
He added: “Because of Mr Ring losing control at what may have been an inappropriate speed, both the deceased lost their lives.”