Cause of crash in which Waterlooville woman died remains a mystery

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MYSTERY surrounds why a young woman lost control of her car, which collided with a lorry.

Rachel Lee, of Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, died instantly in the crash, near Winchester, on October 7.

PC Tracey Saunders spoke to The News following the inquest into the 24-year-old’s death, which was ruled an accident.

PC Saunders, forensic collision investigator, said: ‘Rachel was driving a Vauxhall Corsa and she hit an articulated LGV lorry.

‘We never got to the cause of why it happened. She was travelling west along the A272 through the bends, within the 40mph limit, just before the approach to Cheesefoot Head.

‘As she came out of the bend, for some reason, the witnesses described her as “fishtailing”. That is the bit we can’t explain. She fishtailed along the carriageway and, as the lorry approached, she span at 45 degrees across the carriageway with her driver’s side going into the oncoming lorry. ‘

The weather on the day of the accident, which happened 8.30am between the A31 and A32, was dry and bright.

There was a small patch of water close to some trees but it was ruled out as a contributory factor in the accident.

The lorry driver was not able to swerve out of the way.

Police believe because of the distance and the time available neither would have been able to avoid the collision.

PC Saunders confirmed there was no evidence Miss Lee was on her phone and toxicology tests showed no alcohol or drugs in her system.

The other driver was not arrested.

PC Saunders added: ‘It’s so sad. She came across as a really nice girl and they are a lovely family. This is particularly sad.’

The coroner for central and south Hampshire, Grahame Short, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Since Miss Lee’s death her family have raised thousands of pounds for the Basingstoke Neonatal Unit.