Fiancee tells inquest of ‘void’ left by Marshland St James man’s death

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The fiancee of a factory worker who died when his car crashed into a ditch has described the “huge void” left in her family’s lives following his death.

Andrew Jarvis, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on Gravel Bank, St John’s Fen End on the morning of November 24 last year.

An inquest held at Lynn’s County Court today heard that he had been on his way to work at the Palm Paper factory on the edge of Lynn when the crash happened.

Police investigations showed no defects with either the Volkswagen Golf that Mr Jarvis was driving or the road surface that may have contributed to the crash.

But two of the car’s wheels did go onto the grass verge before the vehicle went across the road and crashed into a water-filled ditch.

The court was told there would have been little time and space for Mr Jarvis to regain control of the vehicle once that happened.

Mr Jarvis lived in Marshland St James with his fiancee, Misha McGuffog and their son, Alfie.

In a statement read to the court, Miss McGuffog said she had been devastated to be told what had happened on the morning of the crash.

She said: “Andrew’s death has left a huge void in mine and Alfie’s lives. I do feel very alone when Alfie is not around.”

A post-mortem examination revealed the primary cause of Mr Jarvis’ death was drowning. No alcohol or drugs were found in his system.

Assistant coroner David Osborne said the cases were “isolated” and there was no way it could be suggested that what happened was deliberate.

He recorded a conclusion that Mr Jarvis had died as a result of a road traffic collision and offered his condolences to his relatives and friends who had attended the hearing.