Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Driver ‘went dizzy’ before fatal smash



A DRIVER told police he ‘went dizzy’ moments before he lost control of his car, which went through a red light and killed a much-loved Huddersfie­ld mum.

Melvyn Wade, then 71, was driving a Fiat Panda, with his wife in the passenger seat, when he lost control and struck Jeanette Mason, who was walking on a path in Waterloo, Huddersfie­ld, on May 14, 2021, an inquest was told.

The Fiat was travelling along Wakefield Road when it mounted a pavement, causing minor damage to a stationary vehicle. It then went through a red traffic light and travelled across the road and collided with mum-of-three Jeanette and a stone wall. Jeanette was thrown into some bushes by the impact and sadly died at the scene despite the efforts of a passing nurse who gave CPR.

The inquest into Jeanette’s death was told that Mr Wade had reported feeling a sensation of ‘pins and needles’ in his head on the day of the collision. His wife reported that shortly before the collision Mr Wade had ‘slumped to one side’ with one expert describing this as a episode of ‘obvious impaired consciousn­ess.’

Various medical tests were carried out on Mr Wade, including on his heart which was found to be normal. His blood pressure was found to be raised, but one expert concluded that it was not possible to determine the cause of his ‘blackout.’

Tests revealed Mr Wade had a Vitamin

B12 deficiency but an expert concluded that he did not think this had caused fainting or a collapse.

A police officer who spoke to Mr Wade at the scene described him as ‘shaken’ but also calm and compliant.

The driver told the officer “I went dizzy” and said he could not remember the collision.

The officer said: “He said he was travelling along Wakefield Road – the next thing he knew he was in the wall.”

The officer said Mr Wade was ‘unsteady’ when he got to his feet.

Mr Wade was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but was later told he would face no further police action.

An officer who spoke to Mr Wade’s wife said her husband had “slumped over and (his) head tilted” and he looked like he had fallen asleep, the inquest was told.

Mr Wade said he could not remember anything about the collision from the moment he ‘felt odd’ and then he heard his wife ‘shouting at me.’

In a statement, Jeanette’s husband David described his wife as a ‘lovely lady’ who was kind, generous and lived for her family. “She would do whatever she could to help people. She had a cracking sense of humour. She was totally devoted to her family – they were the centre of her world.”

He said the family took some comfort that her death ‘came in an instant’ and she had ‘packed a lot into her 53 years.’ Jeanette had been a big Huddersfie­ld Giants fan and was a proud and loving grandma to Jack.

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Jeanette Mason was killed in the collision

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