A married couple in their 80s who died after their car crashed north of Norwich have been named today.

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Ernest and Ellen Sneath, of Fakenham Road, Taverham, were travelling in Hall Lane, Drayton, when their Volkswagen Lupo was involved in a crash with a silver Volkswagen Passat.

Inquests into the death of Mr Sneath, 87, who was driving the car, and Mrs Sneath, 84, were opened and adjourned in Norwich today.

It heard a heart condition was the principal cause of Mr Sneath’s death, while Mrs Sneath died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said: “The circumstances of their deaths are briefly on December 14, Mr Sneath was driving his car with his wife as a front-seat passenger on a semi-rural road.

“The car was approaching a left-hand bend when it was then in collision with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

“Police and ambulance attended the scene. Mr Sneath was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N). His condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead on December 15.

“Mrs Sneath was also taken to the N&N and she was pronounced dead on December 19.”

The coroner said of Mr Sneath: “The principal cause of death was a heart condition although the injuries sustained in the collision had a contributory effect.”

The inquest heard Mr Sneath was born in Hackney, London, on May 1, 1925. He was a retired warehouse distribution worker.

Mrs Sneath was born in north London, on May 24, 1928, and was a retired bookbinder.

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