Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Wickhambrook: Accidental death verdict in inquest of Susan Tovey, who was run over by her own car

17:31 05 March 2014

Archant

A friendly neighbour involved in a tragic accident where a 74-year-old woman was killed by her own car has said he can “get on with his life a bit better” after a coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

shares

Susan Tovey died and Ray Featherstone was injured after Ms Tovey’s automatic car was left in reverse and Mr Featherstone released the handbrake.

The car careered backwards, knocking Ms Tovey to the ground and dragging Mr Featherstone along with it during the accident in Emily Frost Close, Wickhambrook, in October.

Mr Featherstone, 73, suffered bad cuts and bruises when he was dragged along with the car, which only stopped when it crashed into a house.

Mr Featherstone said this afternoon: “I’m really pleased it’s over. It does play on your mind and you worry about things. It’s eased me a bit - I can get on with my life a bit better.

“The sad thing about it is it brings back memories of when my wife died. When the paramedics came, they were trying to get Sue round, that brought it all back. That was horrible.

“I wish I’d never looked out of my window. It’s funny, when something like that happens you don’t feel the pain, I was just worried what was happening. I didn’t know, but there was blood streaming down my face.”

The tragic series of events started when Ms Tovey struggled to manoeuvre her car out of a tight space.

An inquest into her death, held in Bury St Edmunds today, heard that Mr Featherstone came to her aid and moved her car out slightly, before moving his to give Ms Tovey more room.

When she got back in the car to drive off, Ms Tovey was unable to release the handbrake, and asked Mr Featherstone to help.

With Ms Tovey out of the car, Mr Featherstone reached in and released the handbrake, but the automatic Ford Fiesta had been left in reverse gear and began moving backwards towards where Ms Tovey was standing.

Assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said it was unclear whether Ms Tovey was hit by the vehicle or fell as she tried to get out of the way.

A postmortem by Dr Karl Love, consultant pathologist at West Suffolk Hospital, found that Ms Tovey suffered a basal skull fracture and a left chest crush fracture with left plural haemorrhage.

shares

0 comments

The scene of the collision on the A1088 at Honington.

A man has died after a lorry and a car were involved in a crash in Suffolk today.

The scene after a raid at the Costcutter supermarket in Woolpit.

Crooks used a stolen JCB Digger to smash into a supermarket and steal a cash machine thought to have contained thousands of pounds in a ram raid in Suffolk.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A Mothercare shop worker had admitted stealing childcare and maternity items worth nearly £12,500 and selling a stolen pushchair to a police officer.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A dishonest driver has admitted filling up with petrol on 14 occasions at garages across Suffolk and Essex but failing to pay for his fuel.

Ipswich Crown Court

A robber who broke into an Ipswich flat before threatening the occupant with a kitchen knife has been jailed.

Hare coursing (stock photo)

Four men and a teenage boy arrested in connection with hare coursing in Suffolk have been charged, police have said.

Wayne Leech and Mark Ripper with soap star Gemma Atkinson at the Slimming World Man of the Year awards

Two Suffolk men have shed a total of more than 21st in little over a year – and been named among the country’s top male slimmers for 2015.

Rural crime has been falling in Suffolk and across East Anglia.

New figures show a significant fall in the level of rural crime across the region – but there are significant differences between Suffolk and Essex.

Labour leadership candidate, Caroline Flint, visits Roundwood Bowls Club in Ipswich.

Two of the candidates hoping to become Labour’s next deputy leader visited Ipswich at the weekend – and another is due in town tomorrow.

Millions have been paid to passengers since 2012

There was a £900,000 increase in the amount paid to delayed passengers in just one year – from £1.4m in 2013/14 to £2.3m in 2014/15.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages