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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Fatal crash pensioner was over drink-drive limit - inquest

The family of a pensioner killed when her car veered on to the wrong side of the road say they were shocked to learn she was over the drink-drive limit.

Margaret Bold photo
Margaret Bold

Margaret Bold died at the scene of the crash at Bigrigg on the morning of February 8 this year after her car went into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

At an inquest into her death, assistant coroner Simon Ward ruled that a number of factors “may have played their part” in the crash.

These included Mrs Bold, 76, being more than twice the drink-drive limit and having a number of underlying medical conditions for which she was taking medication.

Mr Ward said however: “All the evidence points to Mrs Bold’s car drifting into oncoming traffic. But for what reason we cannot say.”

Mrs Bold, of Mansion Gardens, Egremont, was driving herself and a friend, Connie Spedding, to a church coffee morning in Moor Row when the tragedy occurred.

On a bend on the A595, close to the Blacksmiths restaurant, Mrs Bold’s Ford Ka collided with a Peugeot being driven by Steven Hogg in the opposite direction en route to Sellafield.

Mr Hogg said: “I drove around the bend and a car veered across the road and came towards me.

“Sadly, I was unable to avoid the impact; I didn’t have time to do anything other than brace myself.”

Mr Hogg escaped with minor injuries and Mrs Spedding suffered fractured ribs and a punctured lung.

PC Richard Wiejak conducted a collision investigation which found no evidence of speeding or defects with either vehicle.

He added: “Mrs Bold’s car failed to negotiate the bend and drifted into the oncoming lane.”

Mrs Bold was born and raised in Cheshire and moved to Cumbria latterly to be closer to son Nicholas and his family.

Mr Bold described his mother as a “caring, sociable woman who was an ardent church-goer”.

He expressed “shock” that his mother had alcohol in her system at the time of her death.

“She was not someone who drank a lot and it will always prey on my mind that we will never know why she was over the limit,” he told the inquest.

Mr Ward formally recorded that Mrs Bold died as the result of a road traffic collision.

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