Tributes to driver who died in village car crash
Tributes have been paid to a ‘kind and thoughtful gentleman’ who died in a car crash in Southowram. Raymond Oates, a former quarry owner, died in an incident when his Nissan Note came out of his driveway onto Brookfoot Lane and was hit by a Range Rover on May 16.
An inquest into his death was held at Calderdale Coroner’s Court and wife Pat Oates, vice chair of the Brighouse Road Safety Committee, paid tribute to her husband who she was married to for 61 years.
“He would do anything to help anyone out. He supported me in everything I did,” she said. “We had just celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary the day before. He was a kind and thoughtful man.”
Calderdale Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Oates, 81, was setting off to Atlas Mill tip.
The court heard Mrs Oates was in the kitchen at the time of the accident and she heard a loud bang which she thought was the garage door.
However, she later discovered that it was the sound of the two vehicles colliding.
Sergeant Carl Quinn, of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team told the inquest explained that during the investigation there was no suggestion that Mr Oates’ vehicle had started to turn in any direction as it left the drive way.
CCTV from the nearby quarry also showed this and that Mr Oates’ car had travelled in a straight direction in- to the path of the Range Rover which could not have avoided the collision.
The post mortem revealed that there was some evidence of heart distress but Mr Oates died of abdominal and spinal injuries caused by the road traffic collision.
Coroner Oliver Longstaff said Mr Oates having some sort of cardiac event could not be ruled out and he could have been unconscious when the accident happened.
“I simply don’t believe that Mr Oates would have pulled out in the way he did,” he said. A verdict of an accidental death was recorded.
Brookfoot Lane, Southowram