An 85-year-old man may have suffered an ‘unexpected cardiac event’ which led to a head-on collision that killed him and his wife.
Husband and wife Lindsay and Georgina Wise, of Michaelhouse Way, Stanton, died after their Renault Megane car was involved in a collision with an articulated lorry on the A143 at Great Barton on January 29.
An inquest into their deaths in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday heard that Mr Wise, who was driving, may have suffered an unexpected cardiac event which caused him to lose control of the car.
The hearing was told that lorry driver Keith Jackson had been returning to Norfolk when he saw the Renault coming in the opposite direction and begin to cross into his path.
Other motorists told police that the lorry had swerved and braked but been unable to avoid an impact.
Post mortem examinations conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Carl Love showed that both Mr and Mrs Wise, 87, who was a front seat passenger, died as a result of a skull fracture and multiple injuries.
In addition, Mr Wise, an artist, who had a previous history of heart problems may have suffered an unexpected cardiac event which caused him to lose control of the car, said Dr Love in his report.
Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean told the injuest that police accident investigators had found no defects with the Renault or the lorry and had concluded that it was likely that a cardiac event had led to a loss of control.
In a statement, Mr and Mrs Wise were praised by their son Jeff who said: “The tragedy has concluded the lives of two lovely people who made a real and lastiong contribution to the world. They will be greatly missed.”
Dr Dean recorded that the death’s of Mr and Mrs Wise had been accidental.