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Inquest: Driver skidded on bend before collision
A DRIVER died after skidding on a bend in Holtspur and hitting another vehicle, an inquest heard.
Laurence Moore, 63, was driving his Ford Mondeo to work from Penn to Slough on June 28 at about 7.30am.
He was driving in Broad Lane, Holtspur when he overtook a car before a bend.
His car started to slide into the other lane and hit a van coming in the other direction.
Mr Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the inquest at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court today, driver Andrew Bridge said it was lightly raining that morning when Mr Moore overtook him before a bend.
He said he saw the car skid in the road. He did not see the collision but called the emergency services.
Andrew Marianczak was on his way to work in a van travelling in the other direction.
He saw the car come around the bend and said the rest happened very quickly as the Mondeo came into his lane.
Mr Marianczak said: "The collision was a big bang- not only the air bag deploy but the general sound of the collision."
He tried to get out of the van but his seatbelt was jammed. He was attended to by emergency services and had 10 broken ribs and other minor injuries.
Thames Valley Police collision investigator, Steven Moffat, said two of the hazard posts, which are used to help drivers in the dark who do not know the road, on the verge were covered in grass.
He said it was a daylight collision and the inquest heard Mr Moore knew the road.
But he added: "It is a fact the signage was not up to spec on the bend itself."
Mr Moffat said as the road was wet it was difficult to mark out what happened as there were no skid marks. The road has a 40mph speed limit.
But he said it was never a question Mr Moore was going too fast.
He said on this particular bend a motorist would become concerned if they were driving between 42 and 52 mph, but added if you would want to know how fast you can go around this bend it is between 65 and 80mph.
Mr Moffat said: "My opinion is he carried out an overtake which was too close to the bend and he didn't have enough time to regain the nearside of the road."
A post mortem revealed Mr Moore died from multiple injuries.
Coroner Richard Hulett recorded a verdict of death by a road traffic collision.