M20 tragedy after driver lost control
A YOUNG woman died on her way to work in Ashford when she drove her car into the motorway crash barrier after momentarily losing control of the steering, an inquest heard.
Kirstie Booker, 26, of Carnation Road, Strood, died on December 10 last year, five days after the freak accident on the M20 at Lenham, near Maidstone.
The inquest into her death at Maidstone’s County Hall on Friday heard that Miss Booker had been driving to her job as a general manager in Ashford with her boyfriend Michael Brown when the accident happened at just after 9am.
Mr Brown said she had been driving along the M20 when there suddenly seemed to be no steering in the car.
When she tried to turn the wheel to the left, the car did not respond and continued driving forward. It then returned, with the car veering off so sharply to the left, it cut across all three lanes and ploughed into the barrier.
Miss Booker had been keeping to the speed limit, as he was a nervous passenger, but the road had been wet and they were travelling in the fast lane to avoid the spray from a lorry, he said.
PC Damian Mutch, forensic collision investigator, said no defects were found on the car and it was possible the wet surface of the road and standing water could have given Miss Booker the feeling that the steering was not working.
Miss Booker suffered severe head injuries and died at King’s College Hospital, London.
Mid Kent and Medway coroner Roger Sykes recorded a verdict of accidental death.