Car crash death was accident

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AN INQUEST into the death of a 40-year-old man in a road crash on the A1101 at Barton Mills has concluded that it was an accident.

Alan Stokes, of Little Livermere, near Bury St Edmunds, died on March 22 after his car crashed into a tree at around 11am.

Mr Stokes was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, suffering from severe head injuries but was pronounced dead at 1.16pm.

Assistant deputy coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said Mr Stokes was driving his Skoda Fabia westbound along the 60mph stretch when he came off the road.

Accident investigator PcAdam Williams, who compiled the report into the collision, said there were no obvious signs why the car left the road.

In a statement read at the inquest, he said there were good weather conditions on the day and that there was no evidence to suggest Mr Stokes was speeding.

Pc Williams then said it could have been a number of factors that caused the car to leave the road.

The statement read: “It could not be argued that each of these possibilities were any more likely than another.

Dr Sharpstone’s verdict was that Mr Stokes’ death was an accident.

He said: “It was an accidental death due to the high impact of a car into a tree with no obvious identifiable underlining causes”