Cause of death crash still a mystery

MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a maths teacher whose car veered across the A12 and collided with a lorry, an inquest heard yesterday .Fifty-six-year-old Christine Unger, of Queensway, Holland-on-Sea, died from multiple internal injuries on July 29.

MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a maths teacher whose car veered across the A12 and collided with a lorry, an inquest heard yesterday .

Fifty-six-year-old Christine Unger, of Queensway, Holland-on-Sea, died from multiple internal injuries on July 29.

The divorced, mother-of-one had spent a few days on holiday with her parents and sister and had been driving home from Lowestoft when her Nissan Micra veered across the road and crashed into a lorry at Little Glemham shortly after 2pm.

Lorry driver Anthony Calver, of Roundwood Road, Ipswich, told the coroner that it would be too traumatic to read out his statement at the inquest, so it was read out by the coroner's officer, Dennis Collinson.


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The statement said Mr Calver had been collecting hired plant machinery from Snape with his seven-and-a-half tonne Iveco Ford flat back lorry and was returning to his yard at Great Bealings on the sunny afternoon.

When he reached Little Glemham, which has a 50mph speed limit and double solid white lines separating the two lanes of traffic in each direction, he said he suddenly saw a small car travelling towards him.

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He said: “The sequence of events happened so quickly, I tried to avoid the car but when it hit it sounded like a small explosion and I felt the sensation of the back of the lorry spin and judder.

“I looked down and saw a badly damaged car and could see the driver slumped inside and thought she was dead. I felt blood running down my face from a cut on my forehead.

“There was nothing I could have done to avoid the car. It appeared from nowhere very quickly.”

Before Mr Calver was taken to Ipswich Hospital for stitches, he was comforted by other motorists, which included another lorry driver, Calum Saunders.

Mr Saunders, of Bridge Road, Lowestoft, had been driving a 44-tonne Volvo Globetrotter lorry two vehicles behind Mr Calver, and said, round a bend, he could see the driver of the small oncoming car.

He told the inquest at Lowestoft Magistrates Court that he saw the driver's head drop down and the car veer sharply across the road before a head looked up again and tried to drive the car back onto the southbound land.

After the crash he had found Ms Unger breathing slightly and was unable to find a pulse before calling for help on his mobile phone.

However, Ms Unger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pc Graham Newson, one of the officers involved in the crash enquiry, said there was an unknown reason why she had lost control of the car, and that it was speculation to say it had been a brief moment of distraction or fatigue.

He added that Ms Unger had been extremely popular in the community and in education service and had been described as “the life and soul of any party”.

Lowestoft coroner George Leguen de Lacroix said it was impossible to say what had happened and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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