M27 death was accident

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THE death of pensioner who crashed his car into a vehicle on a motorway’s hard shoulder has been ruled to be an accident.

Harry Leather crashed his Kia Picanto into a Ford Galaxy, which was about to pull away, at junction nine, eastbound, on the M27 near Fareham.

Mr Leather, 84, from Farringford Road, Southampton was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he later died.

The 47-year-old Ford driver from Southampton had pulled on to the hard shoulder to fix a problem with his vehicle when the accident happened at about 6pm on February 27.

He and his 33-year-old passenger both suffered minor injuries.

Portsmouth area coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict of death by accident at yesterday’s inquest.