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Accidental death for Outwell pensioner

Harold Maycroft and Maureen Maycroft before they got married two years ago. Photo: SWNS.com

Maureen Maycroft died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, days after she was hit by her husband Harold, who was at the controls of her automatic Peugeot car.

Mrs Maycroft, 69, of Suttons Close, was at the back of the car checking a brake light when her 84-year-old husband hit the accelerator instead of the brake on March 5, 2014, at about 10am.

The car had hit Mrs Maycroft along with a neighbour’s shed and fence.

Emergency services were called to lift the car from Mrs Maycroft.

She died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, on March 11.

The cause of death was a brain injury, cardiac arrest and trauma.

Investigator Pc Paul Mackay told the hearing in Lynn on Monday that the lights were working correctly and no criminal proceedings have been started.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, said it was unclear whether Mr or Mrs Maycroft had noticed a problem with the brake light.

Mrs Lake said: “It is clear that this is a tragic accident which need not have happened.

“Mr Maycroft got into a car he had not driven before.

“Clearly he did not know how the car worked and put his foot down on a pedal which turned out to be the accelerator.

“The car reversed with his wife standing behind him and she died as a result of her injuries.”

Following the verdict, Mrs Maycroft’s brother, Paul Tibbs, told the hearing that his sister had brought him up.

He said: “He must have known about ignition keys.

“Why did he not turn the ignition key off?

In the days after the inquest Mr Maycroft paid tribute to his late wife.

He met Mrs Maycroft several years ago when she sat next to him on a public bench and they got chatting.

They enjoyed going to the bingo together and taking Sunday afternoon drives out into the country.

Mr Maycroft, a retired council worker, and former pet shop factory worker Mrs Maycroft married two years ago.

Reliving the terrible fatal accident, the grandfather-of-one said: “I put my foot on the wrong pedal and the car just went on top of her.

“I had never driven that car, I had bought it for us. She loved driving.

“I still can’t believe it happened. I’m distraught. I still miss her every day.

“I was devastated when it happened, I still am. It’s been really hard. I couldn’t eat or sleep, all I did was miss her.

“I thought the world of her, she was a good woman, she was one of the best.”

Mr Maycroft has a daughter Linda, 53, who lives in America.

Mrs Maycroft was previously married but her husband passed away and she had no children.

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