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Young Norwich driver died when car rolled after sudden change of direction

PUBLISHED: 07:48 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 28 June 2018

Police on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham.  Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park.  Picture: Ian Burt

Police on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham. Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park. Picture: Ian Burt

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A 23-year-old died after the car he was driving rolled when he made a sudden change of direction to avoid another car, an inquest heard.

Police are diverting traffic on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham.  Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park.  Picture: Ian BurtPolice are diverting traffic on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham. Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park. Picture: Ian Burt

Jonathan Peter Grainger, of Wheatfield Road, Norwich died from multiple injuries after a four-car crash in Fakenham Road, Great Witchingham.

According to area coroner Yvonne Blake, the window cleaner from Norwich “may have been distracted” when he came across oncoming traffic at 8.50am on November 13.

In a tragic series of events, Mr Grainger veered on to the other side of the road to avoid a car turning right.

It is believed he did not see the car, made a sudden change and rolled on to the passenger side.

Police are diverting traffic on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham.  Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park.  Picture: Ian BurtPolice are diverting traffic on the A1067 after a four-vehicle crash between Great Witchingham and Sparham. Pictured is the junction at Lenwade near the Dinosaur Park. Picture: Ian Burt

The crash involved a Mr Grainger’s white Volkswagen Caddy van, a red Honda Civic, a black Vauxhall Corsa and a grey Seat Ateca.

One driver had no injuries in the collision, while another had a cut to her face and the third driver came out with severe bruising.

Mr Grainger, lovingly known by his friends as Johnny, was pulled from his car by firefighters who attempted to resuscitate him.

His wife of two years, Harriet Elizabeth Grainger, described her late husband as a motorsport enthusiast who raced model slot cars internationally and dreamed of becoming a motorsports journalist.

The couple had worked in voluntary construction and built places of worship to fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mr Grainger has a successful window cleaning business, while Mrs Grainger is a hairdresser. The pair met through friends and married in 2015.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Grainger had a minor heart abnormality which did not affect his driving at the time of the accident.

He had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

All four other drivers involved also had no trace of alcohol or drugs in their system.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake gave her condolences to Mrs Grainger and her friend, Katie Whiting.

“It’s absolutely horrid especially to see someone so young,” she added. “It just shows how easy it is.”

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