Inquest rules freak hailstorm cost Honington woman her life

Court report
Court report

An inquest has heard how a freak hailstorm cost a 43-year-old Honnington woman her life.

Jennifer Holmes, of Willow Green, lost control of her Peugeot 307 car on March 3 when the weather changed suddenly and the country road she was on became covered in hailstones.

The inquest today at Bury St Edmunds was told that Mrs Holmes’ car lost grip on a bend in Green Road, Honington and began to rotate.

Anthony Martin was driving an Audi car in the opposite direction and tried take avoiding action.

He braked but his car also began to slide, resulting in an impact in which Mrs Holmes suffered serious injuries.

Mrs Holmes was declared dead at the scene while Mr Martin was less seriously hurt.

In a statement, accident investigator Pc Roy Daid said Mrs Holmes had been driving in a responsible manner on a road that was familiar to her.

He said: “She was caught out by a sudden and rare event.”

A post-mortem examination showed that Mrs Holmes died as a result of multiple injuries.

Assistant deputy coroner for Suffolk, Dr Dan Sharpstone, recorded that Mrs Holmes died accidentally as the result of a road traffic accident.