An inquest into the death of police community support officer Sandi Greenacre heard that the bubbly 51-year-old lived every day as if it were her last.
Mrs Greenacre, of Gaywood, was on her way to work at Hunstanton police station on March 11 when she died at the scene of a car accident on the A149 at Sandringham.
District coroner William Armstrong heard that Mrs Greenacre was driving towards Hunstanton in freezing temperatures when she appeared to lose control of her Peugeot 206 which collided with another car driven by Julie Green.
Miss Green told the inquest that she was driving from Dersingham towards Lynn at about 6.30am. It was cold and had been snowing and the roads were wet and icy in places.
Miss Green said Mrs Greenacre’s car, which was travelling on the opposite side of the road, appeared to ‘twitch’ and spun across the road, coming towards her side-on.
Witness Jon Mann said he saw Mrs Greenacre’s car slide across the road and collide side-on with Miss Green’s car.
He said: “There was a massive impact and debris all over the road. It was like a massive explosion. It was a horrible thing to see.”
Mr Armstrong told Miss Green: “There was no way in which you could have avoided the collision.”
PC Mark Savage told the inquest he and a colleague were called to the scene at around 6.50am and were informed by ambulance crews and paramedics that there had been a fatality.
PC Savage described hearing his colleague saying over his radio that the fatality ‘was one of ours.’
Police accident investigator PC Graeme Brookes said there was nothing to suggest that either vehicle was being driven in anything other than a sensible way, and said no mechanical defects were found with either car.
He added: “The condition of the road is likely to have contributed to and exacerbated the sequence of events.”
Mr Armstrong concluded that Mrs Greenacre died as a result of a road traffic collision.
He said: “Sandi was highly respected as a PCSO. She was a loving wife to Richard and parent of their children.
“She has been described as a very bubbly, bouncy, popular sort of person.
“She lived every day as if it were her last and that is what we should all do. She is an example to us all.
“Her smile and bubbly personality live on in all who knew her.”
In a statement released shortly after her death Mrs Greenacre’s family said: “Sandi Greenacre was a wonderful wife, caring mother-of-four and stepmother to two.
“She was the epitome of glamour and like to believe she was the 21st century’s answer to Marilyn Monroe.
“She knew how to entertain a crowd with her larger-than-life personality and quick-witted sense of humour and her presence often captivated those around her.”
At her funeral at St Faith’s Church in Gaywood 56 of her fellow officers formed a guard of honour along the path to the main door of the church as her coffin, draped in a Norfolk police flag and with her cap and a single rose on top, was carried in.