Gran died instantly in head-on car crash
MISSED BEND LED TO TRAGIC ACCIDENT
A gran was killed instantly when her car failed to take a bend and collided headon with another vehicle.
Blodwen Thomas, 71, from Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, suffered multiple injuries in the collision on the A4080 just outside her home village last August.
The driver of the other vehicle was trapped in the wreckage and was released by fire crews.
Robert John Evans suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital along with his wife Sonia.
Mrs Thomas’ granddaughter Lwsi, 11, who was a passenger in the car, survived the crash.
An inquest into Mrs Thomas’ death at Caernarfon heard the retired district nurse was driving towards Brynsiencyn after fundraising for a cancer charity.
On approaching a bend she was seen to carry straight on instead of following the curve of the road.
Her blue Ford Fusion collided with Mr Evans’ Ford Focus and both spun round from the force of the impact.
Mrs Thomas’ vehicle struck a wall while Mr Evans’ was pushed backwards into bushes and down a slope.
Accident investigator Ian Thompson told the hearing he could find no explanation why Mrs Thomas had not turned into the bend.
He said there were no mechanical issues with either vehicle nor were there any obstacles in the road which was in good condition.
Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said his examination found no medical reason for the collision. Tests showed the presence of various prescription drugs in Mrs Thomas’ blood but none would have caused drowsiness, he said.
There was no sign of heart disease, he added.
Concluding that Mrs Thomas died as the result of an accident North Wales senior coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said from the evidence he could not provide an explanation for the collision.
“There is nothing to explain why she did not follow the road and for some reason she continued straight on.
“I can only consider one verdict. This was an entirely unanticipated and unforeseen event and that is one of the definitions of an accident,” he said.
Witnesses said Mrs Thomas was returning to Brynsiencyn with her 11-year-old granddaughter a passenger in the vehicle.
Mandy Godden said she was driving at well below the speed limit of 50mph.
She said she saw the vehicle approach the bend and then continue straight on colliding with the oncoming car.
Both vehicles were badly damaged but Mr Thompson said excessive speed was not a factor in the collision.
Robert Evans said he was driving towards Llanfairpwll approaching the bend and was confronted by the car approaching. He was unable to take any action to avoid a collision.
The Fusion hit the front of his car causing it to be pushed backwards.
Mr Evans said he was trapped and his wife was unable to open her door as it was up against a tree. A passer-by helped her out of the vehicle but he was released by fire crews.
● Blodwen Thomas died in a car crash near her Brynsiencyn home in August last year