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BMW being driven by Marc Parkin from Ingham seen travelling at high speed before fatal crash

PUBLISHED: 17:29 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 24 August 2015

The scene of the crash on the A134 at Fornham.

The scene of the crash on the A134 at Fornham.


The daughter of a man who died in a car crash said her father had been “feeling low” in the days leading up to his death.

Marc Parkin, aged 50 from Ingham, had been driving his black BMW on the A134 near Fornham St Martin when the crash happened around 9.30am on March 4 this year.

Witnesses had described seeing the car travelling at speeds around 90-100mph shortly before it collided with a HGV parked in an unofficial layby on the northbound dual carriageway just after the junction with the A143.

At Mr Parkin’s inquest at the Active Business Centre in Bury St Edmunds earlier today assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone heard evidence describing the incident.

A police officer’s statement said no evidence of mechanical defects or failures were found on the BMW and there was no evidence Mr Parkin had been using a mobile phone before the collision. The weather was fine and dry and the road surface in good condition.

Mr Parkin sustained a number of serious injuries when his car swerved left towards the parked lorry and collided with the lorry’s trailer’s wheels, moving it several meters away from the road.

A witness’ statement said: “In the distance ahead I saw a black BMW travelling in the opposite direction.

“The vehicle was travelling well over the 70mph. It seemed to drift out towards the outside lane.

“It was the speed of the vehicle that drew my attention,” the statement continued. “It was significantly faster than the other traffic.

“It drove straight into the side of the lorry without seeming to brake. I would describe it as like a missile.”

Mr Parkin was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire but died of his injuries.

A statement from his daughter Emma said her father had been feeling low in the days before the collision and a suicide note had also been found during the same time frame.

Dr Sharpstone said he was unable to come to a conclusion on the matter and recorded an open verdict.

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