Methwold woman died in car crash

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A Methwold woman who died following a head-on crash was not wearing her seat belt, a coroner’s court heard today.

Emma Hayden, 33, of Herbert Drive, was driving a Toyota which collided with a Chrysler Grand Voyager along Lynn Road at Feltwell on the evening of December 7.

A hearing in Lynn heard that Mrs Hayden had been overtaking a Skoda, which had been travelling at about 40mph, on the straight section of road when the collision happened at 5pm.

Mrs Hayden was pronounced dead at the scene.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake heard all cars had their lights on dipped beam and that she was satisified that the Chrysler, driven by Stephen Hacking, could be seen.

Mrs Lake said: “Evidence from the police investigation states Mrs Hayden was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the collision which would have made her injuries worse.

“Mrs Hayden died following an overtaking manoeuvre and failing to return to the correct side of the road. In these circumstances my conclusion is death due to a road traffic collision.”

Mrs Lake and police have commended a nurse who had stopped after the accident to help.

She said: “I would like to thank the nurse for her actions.”