Warning of A18's hidden dangers after fatal collision on notorious stretch
A NOTORIOUS stretch of the A18 has hidden dangers for motorists, a police crash investigator warned at an inquest.
PC Stewart Cooke said speeding motorists frequently failed to negotiate bends on the A18 between Ludborough and North Cadeby, where hedgerows are littered with debris from collisions.
He was speaking at the inquest into the death of Jason Doyley, 40, of Ulceby, who died more than a month after suffering serious head injuries in a crash on the A18, near Ludborough, on November 27 last year.
The father-of-two's red Ford Galaxy collided with a tree on a bend, and he died at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital on New Year's Eve.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
As reported, he sustained serious head, chest and pelvic injuries and was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary before being transferred to Grimsby.
The crash happened at about 10am and was witnessed by local radio presenter Richard Lyon and his partner, who raised the alarm and gave first aid until paramedics arrived.
He told the inquest Mr Doyley's westbound Galaxy had travelled past his own car at speed.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw the red vehicle spin out of control and collide with trees.
He rang 999 and went to see if there was any help he could give to the driver.
Mr Lyon told the inquest Mr Doyley "seemed to be travelling fast".
PC Cooke, of Lincolnshire Police, said there had been three serious injury collisions on the same stretch of road in the last 21 years, and eight vehicles reported skidding off the road.
It was also "notorious" for non-injury collisions, he said.
He told how the wood next to the road and the hedgerow on the opposite side are littered with debris, including number plates, from crashed cars.
The hedge and copse provides shade from the sun, so the road remains damp longer after rainfall.
"It does not get the sun until much later in the day," he said.
"For whatever reason, Mr Doyley lost control of the vehicle. A damp surface would have aggravated the situation.
"We don't know the reason why he lost control. In that situation, the higher the speed, the more difficult it is to regain control."
Deputy coroner for Louth and Spilsby, Dick Marshall recorded a verdict of accidental death in the inquest, held in Louth.
He said the bends in the road were more severe than many motorists appreciated.