December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A promising accountant and her mum died on the eve of Mother’s Day after wintry weather caused a horrific crash on one of Norfolk’s busiest roads.
Annie Huizar, 19, and Billie Jean Roberts, 48, were travelling from their home in Little Fransham, near Dereham, towards Norwich on the A47 in March when Miss Huizar lost control of her car at the Hockering junction.
Miss Huizar lost control after the weather worsened throughout the day - with sleet and snow beginning to fall at the time of the crash.
An inquest in Norwich yesterday heard how Miss Huizar’s white Ford KA was swerving from left to right before, according to Andrew Nightingale who was driving behind the car, “disappearing in to the oncoming stream of traffic”.
Miss Huizar’s car hit the right side of oncoming Stewart Fixter’s family’s grey Mercedes, which was travelling in the opposite direction, away from the UEA in Norwich after an open-day.
Mr Fixter’s family, from Hertfordshire, was then hit from behind by an Audi, which spun their car round and left two of the passengers briefly unconscious.
The worsening weather hadn’t been predicted until later in the evening, with gritters due to treat the road two hours after the accident, at 6pm.
Norfolk’s assistant coroner, Jacqueline Lake, recorded the deaths as a result of a road traffic collision.
She gave her sympathy to Miss Huizar’s father Tony Carter, at the inquest in Norwich, and said: “At the time of the collision is was cold and the weather was sleet.
“All the evidence supports just how bad the weather was, making terrible driving conditions”, she said.
“It appears the wheels of the KA lost traction with the road and as a result she [Miss Huizar] over-corrected and lost control of her vehicle.”
Miss Huizar had been training with Larking Gowen chartered accountants in Dereham for three years and was soon be fully qualified.
After the inquest PC Steve Crowley from Norfolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team, described the accident as “tragic”.
He said: “Every single road traffic collision is tragic - but to lose two members of the same family in one collision is more tragic.”
The grief for the family deepened as the woman’s partner died the following day from a suspected heart attack.
The crash on the single-carriageway section of the road, near the junction with Low Road, was the first of three crashes in six days at the Hockering junction.
Campaigners have continued to call for this section of the trunk-road to be dualled citing safety improvements and an economic boost for the region.