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Inquest: Little Chalfont couple died after turning into path of oncoming car
A COUPLE married for more than 60 years died as a result of their car turning into the path of a fast moving vehicle, an inquest heard.
Bill Dixon, 89, died at the scene of the crash on the A413 at Tatling End on Saturday, April 20 while attempting to turn right across the dual carriageway.
His 86-year-old wife Gay, who was a back seat passenger in the couple's VW Golf, died at Wexham Park hospital four days later from the injuries she sustained in the accident.
But a senior policeman told the inquest Dr Dixon should have seen a black Mitsubishi FTO that was travelling towards them, having had a clear view of 300 metres of the carriageway he was trying to cross.
The Dixons, of Snells Wood Court, Little Chalfont, were driving to Pinewood Studios to watch a film with friend Mariet Bramall, who was a passenger in the front seat.
She told the inquest she had no concerns about Dr Dixon's driving: "I was very confident. He was an advanced driver."
Collision investigator Adrian White said it could not be ascertained at what speed either vehicle was travelling at the time of the accident but said his best estimate was the Mitsubishi was likely to be moving at 78mph. It is not known if Dr Dixon came to a halt before completing his manoeuvre, although Mrs Bramall could not recall him stopping.
Neither of the two people in the Mitsubishi have any recollection of events leading up to the crash, the inquest heard.
PC White said Dr Dixon had travelled eight metres across the carriageway when the Mitsubishi crashed into his car. He said traffic turning right across the dual carriageway onto Old Amersham Road would have an unobstructed view of 300 metres along the A413, whereas vehicles travelling in the opposite direction would be able to see the junction from 375 metres away because of a bend in the road.
PC White said: "If [Dr Dixon's] vehicle goes from stationary, at the very, very least, assuming very slow acceleration, that would take three and a half seconds.
"If he was moving at a steady speed - let's say 20mph - that would take a second. We know there's 300 metres of visibility. To be out of sight [at the time Dr Dixon started crossing] the Mitsubishi must have been moving at 191mph, which is beyond its capabilities.
"What if it was doing 70mph? If that's the case, and it took Dr Dixon three and a half seconds, then the vehicle would have been in the region of 120 metres away but still within view. If it took him one second, to reach the impact it would have only been 30 metres away when he decided to cross the give way line.
"Regardless, the Mitsubishi was there to be seen. To be out of sight the vehicle has to be travelling beyond its capabilities."
Coroner Richard Hulett recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
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