Tributes to driver who died in vil­lage car crash

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By ian hirst

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

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