Man could not avoid fatal Stradsett crash, inquest told

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A elderly man who died in a collision on the main route between Downham and Swaffham could not have avoided the crash, an inquest has heard.

Brian Bockmaster, 80, died from injuries sustained in the incident on the A1122 near Stradsett on February 21 last year.

An inquest at the Lynn county court on Monday heard that Mr Bockmaster had been driving his daughter, Deborah, from the Downham railway station to his home in Mill Lane, Swaffham when the crash happened.

The court was told that Mr Bockmaster’s Honda Civic had been in collision with an Audi A3 which was seen to drift into the Honda’s path at very low speed.

A police report said the Audi’s lights had not been illuminated at the time of the crash and Miss Bockmaster initially told police she had not seen any lights.

But the driver of the Audi, Beryl Hughes, said she had pressed a switch to turn the lights on, but could not remember whether they were head or sidelights.

The court also heard that the manoeuvre across the road was likely to have been involuntary.

Delivering a verdict of death due to a road traffic collision, Norfolk Coroner Jacqueline Lake said: “There is nothing Mr Bockmaster could have done to avoid the collision.”