‘Tragic accident’ killed teenage driver Emma, 19, on A134

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AN inquest has heard how ‘nothing untoward’ caused the crash which killed 19-year-old, Emma Holloway.

The teenager, from Badwell Ash, died from severe head injuries after a head-on collision with another car on the A134 at Bradfield Combust last year.

She had been driving from Sudbury towards Bury St Edmunds on November 3 when her white Vauxhall Corsa collided with a Peugeot 407, travelling in the opposite direction, shortly before 10pm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into Emma’s death, held at the Active Business Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, on Wednesday, heard how there was ‘nothing untoward’ that caused the crash and that the other driver could not have done anything to avoid the collision.

But collision investigator, Richard Godden, said that the impact took place in the south bound carriageway and that Emma had drifted on to the wrong side of the road.

He said that a police car had seen her Corsa briefly cross the white lines while going around a left hand bend just seconds before the crash. He believes Emma may have over-corrected causing her to swerve into oncoming traffic.

A statement written by one of her friends was read by Dr Peter Dean, Suffolk coroner.

It paid tribute to the ‘happy, fun-loving girl’ and described her as a ‘safe driver’.

It also mentioned that Emma had received text messages earlier in the evening, before driving home, which had left her upset.

Pc Godden said: “This may have played a part in her being distracted while she was driving.”

The coroner noted that there were no traces of alcohol or drugs found in either driver, no faults with either vehicle or with the road and that Emma had been wearing a seat belt.

Dr Dean called the incident a ‘tragic accident’ and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “Emma was normally a careful, safe driver but she had been upset, which seems to have played on her mind during the course of the evening.

“Some momentary inattention possibly related to earlier upset caused her to veer across the road.

“At some point her vehicle has gone into the lane and had virtually a head-on collision with the other vehicle.”

He added: “Our thoughts are very much with the family.”

Emma, a former King Edward VI School pupil, played for the Sudbury women’s football team, AFC Ladies, and was coach to the under 11 side.