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West Norfolk woman’s death caused by road traffic collision in America

PUBLISHED: 17:20 08 February 2018

Carrow House, where an inquest has heard that Lesley Martin died of blunt force injuries sustained in a car crash in Arizona. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Carrow House, where an inquest has heard that Lesley Martin died of blunt force injuries sustained in a car crash in Arizona. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

A woman from west Norfolk died from injuries sustained during a road traffic collision in America, an inquest has heard.

Lesley Martin, a 59-year-old pharmacist from Willow Road, South Wootton, was driving in Tucson, Arizona when the collision occurred on September 27 2017.

Her husband, Nicholas, was in the passenger’s seat of the white sedan when they collided with a grey Chevrolet truck at the intersection of North Freeman Road and Broadway Boulevard.

CA Rodriguez, of Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said people were gathered around the white sedan and there was blood inside the vehicle.

Paramedics prised open the passenger door and both Mr and Mrs Martin had a pulse but were “incoherent”.

The grey truck had crashed into an electrical pole after the collision, but the driver was not in a critical condition.

In hospital, Dr RA Fiore said that Mrs Martin was unresponsive after returning from a CT scan and had intracranial bleeding behind her eyes and lacerations to her liver.

It was determined that Mrs Martin would die if taken off life support.

Mr Martin had fractured his right arm and did not remember the crash.

Mrs Martin died on October 4 and the coroner concluded the death was caused by a road traffic collision.

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