Inquest held into Chatteris mother’s death

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Driver error was the likely cause of a crash in which a mother of two from Chatteris died, an inquest has heard.

Shirley Ison, 52, had been driving to meet her parents after returning from a trip abroad when her new BMW car lost control on a bend in Gazeley Road, Dalham, near Newmarket and collided with a tree.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds on Monday last week was told that no evidence existed to show that another vehicle had been involved and there were no defects with Mrs Ison’s vehicle.

Mrs Ison, of St Martin’s Road, Chatteris, had worked for Premier Travel for more than 35 years and was employed as an area manager.

She was the mother of two daughters.

Accident investigator PC Richard Godden said that minutes before the crash on the evening of November 27 last year, Mrs Ison whose friends described as a careful driver, had dropped off her colleague Renford Sargeant at his home in Dalham.

Motorists who stopped to help at the scene of the crash had described the severe damage to Mrs Ison’s car.

One who tried to help Mrs Ison said he been able to detect a faint pulse and shallow breathing.

Paramedics, who had been alerted by an automatic system in her car, were, however, unable to save Mrs Ison who was declared dead at the scene.

PC Godden said the roof of the BMW was been pushed in by the impact as had the driver’s door.

A post mortem examination conducted by pathologist Dr Mark Johnson concluded that death had been due to multiple injuries.

PC Godden told the inquest that an examination of the crash scene had shown that the offside wheels of Mrs Ison’s car had sunk into a soft verge, causing the car to spin round and strike the tree.

He said: “It appears most likely that Mrs Ison incorrectly assessed the nature of the bend and was unable, whatever her ability, to regain control of the car.”

Although driver error appeared to be the most likely cause of the accident, PC Godden said he was unable to ascertain exactly what error had been made, although he said excess speed was not a factor.

Tests for alcohol in Mrs Ison’s blood had been negative and there was no evidence that she had been using a mobile phone.

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone recorded a conclusion that Mrs Ison died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.