Gran died in­stantly in head-on car crash


Bangor Mail - - News - Eryl Crump

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

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