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89-year-old Hapton man died following head-on crash
AN 89-YEAR-OLD driver was killed when his car crashed head-on into another vehicle after 'inexplicably veering across a road', an inquest heard.
Edward Rogers, of Water Street, Hapton, was driving along Blackburn Road in Acre, near Haslingden, on October 17, 2012.
He had just been out for lunch with relatives and was returning to his home with his daughter Carole Lawson, who was in the passenger seat.
Mrs Lawson told the hearing at Burnley Magistrates’ Court that her father had no medical problems and was ‘a very good driver’.
She said: “He had earlier complained of indigestion, but before the crash there was nothing different to the journey.
“I suddenly noticed we were heading towards a car on the other side of the road. It all happened so quickly.
“I will never forget the bang as we hit it. It was all over in about three or four seconds.”
Mr Rogers’ Citroen C5 struck a black Corsa driven by Mrs Claire Nuttall, who was driving towards Haslingden.
She said: “I saw the car drift over the middle of the road. At first I thought it was someone who had lost concentration but it continued on towards me. I tried to swerve but it was too late.”
The accident was witnessed by PC Nicola Breckell, who was driving a police car. She told the inquest she saw the Citroen drift across the road while gathering speed, striking the kerb and a road sign before smashing into the Corsa.
Mr Rogers died in Royal Blackburn Hospital four days after the collision.
The two women were treated for cuts and bruises.
A pathologist’s report concluded that Mr Rogers died from multiple injuries of the ribs and neck. East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor recorded a narrative verdict.
He said his death resulted form 'a very significant collision' caused by Mr Rogers’ car “veering into the path of oncoming vehicles”.