Woman who died in crash on A11 at Bridgham named as retired private tutor Hazel Hawes from Cringleford

Coroner's Court in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Coroner's Court in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

A woman who died in a crash on the A11 had been a retired private tutor from Cringleford.

Hazel Hawes, 80, was involved in a crash between a red Peugeot and a grey BMW on October 20, five miles out of Thetford, at Bridgham.

It happened at around 6pm, and at the opening of an inquest into her death today it was said the medical cause of death was traumatic head and spinal injuries due to a road traffic collision.

The driver of the second car was unhurt.

At the time Bridgham councillor Ellen Jolly said the junction at which the crash happened, with High Bridgham Road, was 'dangerous' but did not class it as an accident blackspot.

She said: 'It is obviously a junction that has to be treated with care, because there is fast-moving traffic and vehicles wanting to turn into High Bridgham Road and off the A11.

'I think in some ways it is so dangerous that people are very careful there. I do know people who will not use the junction and will find other ways around.

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'It is a useful link road and is well used – the alternative is to go all the way to Harling, which adds at least five or six miles to your journey.

'But in the time I've been here, which is many years, I have never known such an accident.'

In a statement Mrs Hawes' family said: 'Hazel was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered by the many she tutored from her Cringleford home. She taught many different subjects including math's and English and helped many children through GCSE or entrance exams. She sadly passed away aged 80 on Thursday 20th October. We miss her terribly.'

A full inquest will be held on April 11, 2017 at 2pm.

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