AN INQUEST has found that the death of a man who suffered a heart attack after his wife crashed into a lorry in a layby was accidental.
Kenneth Hines, 85, from Millbeck Green, Collingham, West Yorkshire, died on July 12 last year after his wife, Joan, had crashed their Toyota Yaris into a stationary Volvo lorry on the A14 near Haughley.
Coroner Peter Dean told an inquest at Bury St Edmunds’ Active Business Centre last Friday that Mr Hines’ death had been a ‘tragic accident’.
The crash took place at around 11.30am when Mrs Hines, who had been driving for ‘a significant amount of time’, decided to pull over to rest.
Having pulled into the layby, the car hit the central pavement separating the layby from the road and hit the rear of the parked Volvo LGV, according to a police report.
The collision caused ‘serious injuries’ to Mr Hines, who was the front seat passenger.
Attempts to resuscitate Mr Hines by paramedics and staff at West Suffolk Hospital were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at 12.11pm.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Hines had died of a cardiac arrest due to a ruptured right ventricle following chest injuries.
A police investigation into the incident showed there was no fault with either vehicle and that road markings and signage for the layby were legal and adequate.