Layby break led to tragic accident

A decision to break a long journey cost a Yorkshire pensioner his life, an inquest has heard.

Kenneth Hines, 85, from Millbeck Green, Collingham, suffered serious chest injuries as the car he was a passenger in collided with the rear of a parked lorry in a layby.

Today (Friday) an inquest heard how with his wife Joan at the wheel of the Toyota Yaris car, the couple had decided to stop for a break on the A14 at Haughley in Suffolk on the morning of July 12 last year.

As the car entered the layby it struck a paved area and careered into the back of a parked Volvo articulated lorry, trapping Mr Hines in the wreckage.

Firefighters cut Mr Hines free but despite 20 minutes of efforts by paramedics he could not be revived.

Medical staff at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds made three further unsuccessul attempts to save Mr Hines.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that a post mortem examination showed that Mr Hines, a retired insurance manager, had died as a result of a ruptured ventricle caused by serious chest injuries

Accident investigator Pc Darren Sargeant said no defects were found with the Toyota Yaris or with the road surface.

The weather at the time of the collision had been fine and dry.

Pc Sargeant said it appeared the couple had been travelling for a long time and had decided to stop for a break after seeing signs on the eastbound A14 marking the layby.

An examination of the scene indicated that the Toyota Yaris had been put on an unavoidable course to collide with the parked lorry after striking a paved area dividing the layby from the A14 carriageway. The Toyota car had sustained “significant” damage, said Pc Sargeant.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “It appears that there was a tragic road traffic accident leading to the death of Mr Kenneth Hines.”