Sadness at grandmother's death

A grandmother found dead in her car on a busy road had taken a lethal cocktail of antidepressants and alcohol, an inquest heard.

Margaret Piatt was discovered slumped in her red Ford Fiesta on Western Way, Fareham, by two concerned passers-by who dialled 999.

Officers who arrived at the scene at about 8.50am on May 1 found all of the car doors were open.

Mrs Piatt, 55, of Sandy Lane, Titchfield, had sent a text message from her mobile phone to an unknown number at 00.35am that morning saying goodbye.

A Portsmouth inquest heard Mrs Piatt had previously suffered from anxiety and depression.

A post mortem examination revealed she had taken almost ten times the therapeutic dose of antidepressant Amitripty- line and was more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

In a statement Mrs Piatt's family said: 'She was a well loved and active member of her local community. Her passing was so sad and an enormous shock to us all.'

Recording a verdict that Mrs Piatt took her own life while depressed, Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire coroner David Horsley said: 'She had depression problems in the past and it seems most likely that it was coming to the fore again, even though she kept it hidden from everyone.'