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A man who died following a collision between his car and a moped crashed because of a medical episode at the wheel.

Brian Barnes, 74, from Fareham, lost control of his black Peugeot 206 following a stroke and hit a blue Aprilia Sonic in Stubbington Lane.

The pensioner lost consciousness at the scene and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where he later died, on December 7.

The rider of the scooter, a 42-year-old Fareham woman, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

PC Alex Dale, of Fratton Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘This was a very tragic set of circumstances, but not one that can be blamed on careless or dangerous driving.

‘Investigations, and subsequent post mortem examination has shown Mr Barnes became unwell at the wheel, lost control of his car and collided with the moped.

‘It is of great comfort to the family that no-one was killed in the collision and there was nothing Mr Barnes could have done to prevent it.’