Miki, 24, died in tragic accident
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.