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Lavenham man Christopher Lloyd, 71, died after losing control of car, inquest hears

By Newsdesk Bury

A Lavenham man died after losing control of his car when overtaking, an inquest heard.

Christopher Lloyd, 71, of Bridge Street Road, was injured when his F-type Jaguar crashed into a field and overturned on June 25.

An inquest on Monday at Suffolk Coroners' Court, Ipswich, heard Mr Lloyd was airlifted from the A1141 near Lavenham, to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge.

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He died from his injuries four days later. The cause of death was recorded as hypoxic brain injury, spinal cord injury and traumatic cardiac arrest.

In a statement, Pc Richard Godden said that just before 11.30am Mr Lloyd had been driving south on the A1141, between Hill Green Road and Frogs Hall Road, when he attempted to overtake a BMW. There was a 'glancing impact' and Mr Lloyd lost control, driving through a hedge, striking trees and ending upside down in a field.

The driver of the BMW, Anthony Hines, said he had not seen the Jaguar before the collision.

Mr Hines said in a statement: "He came out of nowhere."

Pc Godden said examination of a data recorder recovered from the Jaguar showed that excessive speed had not been a factor, having logged 63mph.

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone, said: "It is likely a simple misjudgement by Mr Lloyd was the cause of the collision."

The coroner recorded a conclusion Mr Lloyd died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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