Concentration lapse cost Rasen man’s life

editorial image

A momentary lapse of concentration may have cost a Market Rasen man his life after he died in a collision on the B1225 last year, an inquest heard.

Robert Wilson, of Willingham Road, died as a result of a road traffic collision on the Caistor High Road in November last year.

The 69-year-old was travelling northbound on the B1225 near Benniworth before his car veered over to the opposite side of the road colliding with another vehicle, an inquest held at Spilsby heard.

Mr Wilson collided with a car being driven by Ruby Riley as she was travelling with her grandfather to Norwich.

Ms Riley told the court that there was no opportunity to break or swerve as she noticed Mr Wilson’s vehicle move into the path of her vehicle.

The cars collided and then ended up some 40 metres apart before they both came to rest.

In a statement to police Ms Riley said that she had to climb out of the broken car window on her side as her door wouldn’t work before tending to her grandfather, Harry Osbourne, who was sat in the passenger seat.

Mr Osbourne said prior to the crash he had dropped some sweets in the passenger footwell and after reaching down to pick them up he saw Mr Wilson’s car move into the lane occupied by his granddaughter.

Mr Wilson was treated at the scene by paramedics.

He sustained multiple injuries to his chest, limbs and pelvis.

It was also discovered that three of his aortic valves, which pump blood to and from the heart, were narrowed as a result of systemic heart disease.

In a postmortem examination carried by Dr Biggs of Leicester Royal Infirmary it was ruled that systemic heart disease, and the injuries he sustained in the crash contributed to his death.

Deputy Coroner Paul Smith heard how a large military helicopter was visible in a field next to the road where the crash occurred.

PC Mark Brown, who carried out the investigation, suggested that the crash occurred as a result of a “momentary lapse of concentration.”

A military helicopter had landed in a field next to the B1225. It was suggested that this may have distracted Mr Wilson as he drove along the road.

Mr Smith said: “There’s no evidence of any mad event, the car was driven properly before the crash.

“It’s possible he may have misjudged his position, and it’s possible he may have been distracted by the helicopter.”

Mr Smith ruled the cause of Mr Wilson’s death as death by road traffic collision.