The daughter of a Greatworth woman has described the January car crash which killed her as ‘inexplicable’.
At around 4.30pm on Saturday, January 5, the Suzuki Jimny driven by popular villager Mary Rouse left the road between Farthinghoe and Marston St Lawrence and struck a tree.
Passers-by tried to help and paramedics were unable to resuscitate her. She was declared dead at the scene.
An inquest at Northampton General Hospital last Wednesday recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Collision investigators said there was no evidence any other cars were involved.
Post mortem toxicology reports also showed Mrs Rouse had a low level of blood sugar. Collision investigator PC Nathan Gallon concluded that, based on the available evidence, the most likely cause of the accident was inattention, carelessness or fatigue on behalf of Mrs Rouse after an 80-mile drive following lunch with relatives in Twickenham.
But her daughter, Ruth, who attended the inquest, said the conclusion was a ‘bitter pill’ and described her mother as a conscientious driver who, wary of her age, had become a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
She added: “While I have to accept the fact this is an inexplicable accident I do not readily accept the conclusions of the collision investigation team.”
She also provided a statement from Jean Smith who regularly took lifts with her mother on outings or on visits to the hospital.
She described Mrs Rouse as a ‘competent and confident driver, not given to take any risks of any sort,’ who was very familiar with the stretch of road.