Coroner rules University of Portsmouth student died in traffic accident

Caitlin Homan
Caitlin Homan
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AMERICAN student Caitlin Homan, who died after she was hit by a car, may have been confused about which side of the road to be on, an inquest has heard.

Miss Homan, 24, had been crossing the Stockbridge Road, in Sparsholt, when she was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa on May 15 last year.

Miss Homan had been studying for a PhD in psychology at the University of Portsmouth and had been visiting Sparsholt College when the accident happened.

Miss Homan, from Canton in Connecticut, USA, was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died the next day.

Yesterday, the Southampton coroner’s court heard from the driver of the car and an accident investigator, who said that neither speed nor a fault with the car were to blame.

Coroner Grahame Short ruled that Miss Homan’s death was due to a road traffic accident and said she may have been confused about which side of the road she was on.

As previously reported, her family released a statement at the time of her death, saying that Miss Homan’s organs would be donated to others and that ‘she was known for her passion for animals and her sense of humour’.