Miki, 24, died in tragic ac­ci­dent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Ben­trusloveet

A QUES­TION mark still hangs over why an ex­pe­ri­enced driver came off the road and crashed into a wall killing her in­stantly.

Michaela Cook (24), known to ev­ery­one as Miki, died when she came off the A1073 in Oc­to­ber last year and crashed into a wall.

An in­quest was held at Peter­bor­ough Town Hall yes­ter­day and ruled her death was ac­ci­den­tal.

Miki was re­turn­ing to her home in Moul­ton Chapel on Oc­to­ber 15 with her brother Doul­ton (18) when she came off the A1073 be­tween Eye Green and Crow­land.

Speak­ing at the hear­ing yes­ter­day, her dad Joe Cook said she was an ex­pe­ri­enced driver who some­times drove his lor­ries for him.

He added: “I’m try­ing to find out why she came off the road, if I don’t my head is go­ing to ex­plode.

“I need to know, I need to ac­ci­dent: Flo­ral tributes left at the scene of the crash which killed Michaela Cook. get clo­sure.”

The in­quest heard from sev­eral driv­ers who were head­ing north along the A1073 close to Masons Bridge.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing a queue of traf­fic be­hind a 1959 Chevro­let Apache pickup truck which was trav­el­ling at be­tween 45mph and 55mph in the 60mph na­tional speed limit zone.

Miki over­took one car suc­cess­fully and pulled in.

But when she went to pass three cars some­thing went wrong and she came off the road into the dyke which runs along­side.

Miki’s brother Doul­ton, who went to the hear­ing on crutches, told the in­quest he only re­mem­bers the crash through flash­backs he had while re­cov­er­ing.

He suf­fered se­ri­ous leg in­juries in the crash and had to be air-lifted to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal where his par­ents kept a bed­side vigil.

He said: “I don’t re­ally re­mem­ber any­thing about the ac­ci­dent apart from the flash­back.”

Peter­bor­ough coroner David Heming read out his state­ment given to po­lice last year.

He said: “As we passed I thought Miki said some­thing like ‘he’s just clipped my car’.”

But Doul­ton said he did not feel any­thing and in­ves­ti­ga­tions af­ter the crash showed noth­ing had hit it.

Wit­nesses said they might have seen a white car move to the right, as if the driver was look­ing round the pick-up truck or about to over­take.

It was spec­u­lated that Miki could have seen this move­ment and thought the car was about to pull out, prompt­ing her to take ac­tion.

Wayne Dunn, who was driv­ing the pick-up truck, be­came emo­tional at the hear­ing and apol­o­gised to the fam­ily for not do­ing more to help Miki.

Record­ing a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death, Mr Heming said: “I can only apol­o­gise if you can’t get the clo­sure you wanted.”

A post-mortem re­port said she died of mul­ti­ple in­juries.

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