Sat-nav told woman to turn wrong way on A27

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A YOUNG woman died in a crash after driving the wrong way along the A27 because her sat nav told her to take the first exit on a roundabout, an inquest heard.

Lauren Smee, 21, of Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, died after a head-on collision between her Ford Ka and a convertible BMW near Castle Goring, West Sussex, at about 10.45pm on December 11.

Stuart Hope-Kirk, who was driving the BMW, told the inquest in Worthing: ‘I saw what looked like strong headlights coming towards me.

‘There was absolutely no time for me to react.’

PC Stuart Medlycott said: ‘If Lauren was unfamiliar with that particular junction she may have had a momentary lapse in her concentration.’

Lauren was a barmaid at The Bull’s Head pub in Fishbourne.

Penelope Smee, Lauren’s mother, told the inquest: ‘She was such a beautiful person, inside and out.’

Coroner Penelope Schofield recorded an accidental death verdict.