Woman who died in crash was not wearing seatbelt

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A WOMAN who died in a car crash had not been wearing a seatbelt, an inquest heard.

Susan Fox, 61, was driving along the B3035 in Corhampton Down near Bishop’s Waltham when her car hit a tree and overturned on August 1 last year.

An inquest held in Winchester heard that Mrs Fox had been drinking and was 2.4 times over the limit.

A post mortem report showed Mrs Fox, from Waltham Chase, had died of multiple chest injuries.

Witness Donald Gilchrist was on his way back from a golf weekend and saw the crash.

He said Mrs Fox had tried to overtake the vehicle in front of her and was almost alongside when she pulled back in as another car approached from the opposite direction.

After this, she appeared to lose control and hit a tree. Mr Gilchrist said: ‘There were a series of left to right swerves and then I lost sight of the car.’

Mrs Fox had been suffering from depression, but Deputy Coroner for Central Hampshire Simon Burge dismissed the possibility of suicide. Instead he recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: ‘This was, in essence, an error of judgment. It’s quite clear that she died instantaneously and didn’t suffer.’