Death was accidental – inquest

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THE cause of an accident in Wattisfield which killed a 59-year-old woman is still uncertain.

The inquest into the death of Ann Waterfall recorded a verdict of accidental death on Wednesday.

Mrs Waterfall, from Fulham, died on 25 September 2010 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, after a car accident on the A143 on September 17, 2010.

Her white Volkswagen Golf collided head-on with a red Peugeot 308 after crossing the white centre line of the road. The driver and passenger of the Peugeot suffered minor injuries.

Investigations into her death could not find a reason why her car had drifted into the wrong carriageway. No evidence was found of any underlying medical issues, misuse of drugs or alcohol, or faults with the vehicles involved.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said that a head scan showed that Mrs Waterfall had brain injuries and a fractured vertebra.

An MRI scan also showed injuries. She died in hospital eight days after the accident as a result of her head injuries.

Dr Dean said: “Clearly what happened was a tragic accident.”

But he said it could not be ruled out that Mrs Waterfall may have been trying to get something from the passenger side of her car or may have had a medical issue.