Father dies after car crashes into woods and catches fire

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A FATHER-of-two died after his car left the road and crashed into woodland, an inquest heard.

Ben Finch, 42, was behind the wheel of his black BMW on November 29, 2014 when his car left Selhurstpark Road, near Goodwood, Chichester.

The car travelled 55 metres before crashing into trees. Minutes later the car burst into flames.

Speaking at the Worthing inquest, Mr Finch’s wife Victoria, 44, from Lancing, West Sussex, said: ‘Ben was a very fun person. He was caring, he loved people, he loved talking to people. He loved cars – fast cars or classic cars, in particular.’

She added Mr Finch enjoyed attending Goodwood and relished a monthly car magazine which he would read cover to cover in the bath.

She said he seemed ‘anxious’ before the crash and had been stressed by his job as a financial adviser.

Coroner Dr Karen Henderson delivered a narrative verdict.

She said Mr Finch died after leaving a road and driving into a wood in circumstances where the question of intent was unclear.

She added: ‘Given how Ben was found, given the fact he was still wearing a seat belt and all the other circumstantial evidence, I’m satisfied Ben was unconscious at the time of the fire and to that extent was unable to save himself or suffer further.’

Dr Henderson said there was no evidence of suicide.