Tragic crash victim had 'love for life'

PUBLISHED: 07:14 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

A university lecturer yesterday spoke of his despair at losing his fiancée in an horrific car crash just two weeks after becoming engaged.

A university lecturer yesterday spoke of his despair at losing his fiancée in an horrific car crash just two weeks after becoming engaged.

Jenny Carman, 30, of Hockwold, near Thetford, died of thoracic and abdominal injuries after her blue Ford Escort collided with a Toyota Hi Lux on the B1112 on February 6.

An inquest held yesterday in Bury St Edmunds heard that Miss Carman, of Kemps Lane, was driving alone as she joined the B1112 from the C620 Wangford Road when she collided with the oncoming Toyota.

Daniel Harrison, the driver of the Toyota, suffered cuts to his face as a result of the accident. Miss Carman, who worked a shop assistant at RAF Feltwell's furniture shop, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest heard that Mr Harrison was driving at the speed limit and would have been unable to stop in time to avoid the crash. Miss Carman's fiancé, William Muldoon, 30, said they had known each other for three years before getting engaged. The couple were just days away from publicly announcing their engagement when she died.

Suffolk Police crash investigator Richard Goldman found neither vehicle involved in the crash had faults before they collided.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean said: "It was a very tragic accident that led to the death of Jenny Carman."

After the hearing, Prof Muldoon, who lectures in history and politics at US airbases across the UK, said: "She had a love for life. She was an extremely warm and extremely kind person. I cannot imagine myself with anybody else. She lived her life with all her heart. She was pouring with kindness and she left an impression on everybody she met."

"It is extremely distressing - and all the more distressing when you begin to make the preparations to spend the rest of your lives together."

Miss Carman was born in Nuremberg, Germany, before moving, at the age of two, to North Dakota in the US. She moved to the UK in 2001 and it was while she was based at RAF Feltwell that she met Prof Muldoon.

Miss Carman, who always had a passion for children and animals, had planned to go to university in the US to become a veterinary surgeon.

Prof Muldoon said: "It was Plato who said you can tell a lot about somebody by the way they are with animals and children. She was exemplary on both counts."

During their three years together, Prof Muldoon and Miss Carman travelled extensively in the UK. Her favourite place, Prof Muldoon said, was Northumberland and North Yorkshire, adding: "We both considered it a privilege being in the UK."

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