Three Holes man died in head-on crash near Downham Market
A 21-year-old man died after his car was involved in a head-on collision, a court was told.
An inquest into the death of Christopher Fuller of Squires Drove, Three Holes, heard he was driving his Seat Arosa on the A1122 at Fincham when it collided with a Citroen C4 driven by Lucy Barham.
Mr Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened around 9.30pm on September 8, 2016. Miss Barham, 33, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In a statement read out in court, police crash investigator PC Lee Smart said Miss Barham’s car was travelling towards Swaffham but was in the same lane as Mr Fuller, who was driving towards Downham Market.
Miss Barham said in interview she had no recollection of the moments leading up to the collision and therefore could not account for how she had come to be in the wrong lane.
PC Smart said the Seat was pushed backwards 15m by the force of the impact, before it overturned. He added the Citroen continued for a further 42m whilst “rotating clockwise”.
PC Smart said road conditions were good at the time of the crash and he could not find any fault with either vehicle which may have contributed to it.
A pathologist’s report said Mr Fuller died of multiple injuries. Assistant coroner for Norfolk Johanna Thompson concluded Mr Fuller died from multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision.
Miss Barham was given a suspended sentence after she admitted causing death by careless driving.
Judge Stephen Holt, sentencing her at Norwich Crown Court in January, said: “I can see no good to anybody from imposing an immediate custodial sentence to someone in your condition.”
The court heard she had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour in 2007 and given between five and seven years to live. Doctors have since told her treatment is no longer possible.
Mr Fuller’s mother Shirley said: “There are no days where there are no tears. We miss his laughs, his giggles and his cheeky smile. We lost our child but also the hopes, dreams and expectations we had of him.”
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