An 86-year-old woman from Market Rasen who died in a road traffic collision in Grimblethorpe may have fallen asleep at the wheel, an inquest in Spilsby has heard.
Eva Mary Bell, who lived in Wells Drive, died on Sunday June 1 following the collision on the A157 at Grimblethorpe as she returned home from South Reston, having visited the Waggon and Horses restaurant for her lunch.
The collision occurred after Mrs Bell’s car drifted into the wrong lane and hit an oncoming Skoda, which contained driver Kate Martin and her six-year-old son William from Tattershall, who both escaped with injuries.
The inquest heard that Mrs Bell was conscious, and asked those who came to her aid what had happened.
However, Mrs Bell suffered a number of injuries and later complained of chest pains as she was being treated at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, and she died later that afternoon.
Giving evidence, PC Mark Hamilton said there was no sign of braking from Mrs Bell’s vehicle despite the clear danger, adding that the most likely explanation is that Mrs Bell had fallen asleep.
Assistant Coroner Richard Marshall recorded a verdict of road traffic collision.