Deer may have caused fatal crash on A1066 in Riddlesworth, near Thetford

09:03 10 April 2014

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An animal lover might have been trying to avoid a collision with a deer, when she lost control of her car and crashed into a mobile phone mast, an inquest heard.

Julie Makey, 42, from Chapel Close, Garboldisham, between Diss and Thetford, died when her car crashed on the A1066 at Riddlesworth on October 28 last year.

Yesterday’s Norwich inquest heard that there were no witnesses to the collision, and no explanation for why she lost control of the vehicle.

But collision investigator Pc Paul Cant said that deer were frequently seen in the area, and she might have been trying to avoid a collision with an animal.

The inquest was attended by Mrs Makey’s husband Andrew and her partner Sally Cockle.

They heard that Mrs Makey was driving her Saab 95 on the A1066 towards Thetford and was approaching a junction when the collision with the mast and its control box occurred, at about 5.45am.

Pc Cant said that evidence suggested that the car was travelling at about 60mph, which is the speed limit on the road, when it happened.

He said: “The reason why she lost control of the car is unclear. Her mobile phone was on her lap but not in use at the time.

“There had been frequent sightings of deer in that area, and due to her love of animals she may have been avoiding a collision with a deer.”

A post mortem examination was carried out and the cause of death was given as multiple trauma due to a road traffic collisions.

Summing up the evidence, Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said that the question why Mrs Makey lost control of her car will be never be answered.

Her conclusion was death due to a road traffic collision.

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