Teacher’s death was accidental – inquest

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A MUCH-loved teacher died after suffering a fractured skull when she was in collision with a car while jogging in the dark, an inquest heard.

Katherine Colson, 28, a teacher at King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, was running at Ten Mile Bank near her Littleport home in October last year when she was in collision with a car, the hearing in Wisbech was told on Friday.

The Fiat Punto, was driven by 31-year-old Tina Gude, of Welney, who told the inquest she could not remember anything that had happened from the time she left her home that morning until she woke up after the incident to find firefighters cutting her free from her car.

Witnesses Stuart and Jane Main, from Ten Mile Bank, who saw Miss Colson jogging in the dark said it was very dark and there was a lot of mud on the road.

Mrs Main said she had seen a ‘fluorescent shape’ in the distance but had not realised it was a woman jogging until they got right beside her.

Police collision investigator, Pc Francis Crawford, said the crash could have happened either as a result of the car negotiating the bend close to where the accident happened at speed, or the driver reacting to seeing Miss Colson jogging and losing control of the car.

North and East Cambridgeshire coroner William Morris recorded a verdict of accidental death.