Mum killed following A35 crash after husband lost control of caravan, inquest hears

Bournemouth Echo: TRAGIC: The scene on the A35 near Askerswell. Inset, Rosemary Evans TRAGIC: The scene on the A35 near Askerswell. Inset, Rosemary Evans

A POOLE mum suffered fatal injuries in a crash last summer after her husband lost control of the caravan they were towing, an inquest heard yesterday.

Rosemary Evans sustained serious head injuries when the Land Rover Discovery she was travelling in overturned on August 24 on the A35 at Askerswell, between Dorchester and Bridport.

The inquest at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court heard evidence from witnesses, who said they saw the caravan behind the car “weaving” or “snaking” as it came over the crest of a hill, eastbound.

Roger Tyrrell, a lecturer from Chichester travelling in the opposite direction, said he saw it “start to oscillate” before it “drifted out of control”.

“The caravan came to a stop in the nearside lane, turned 45 degrees to the flow of traffic.

“The four-by-four then started to roll sideways on the road and came to a stop in the verge,” he said.

Mrs Evans, 48 at the time of the crash, was with her husband Mike, who was driving, and 11-year-old son Josh. Josh escaped without injury, while Mr Evans, then 52, suffered minor injuries.

She died at Southampton General Hospital on August 27.

The court heard that police expert Christopher Clarke had examined both vehicles and found no defects which might explain the crash.

Craig Judd, an IT manager from Poole, read from a statement he had made to police after reading about the crash in the Daily Echo.

He said he and his wife – driving from Bridport to Dorchester – were concerned when a vehicle towing a caravan passed them “at speed”, and they had remarked on its apparent instability.

“We heard sirens later, I remember saying something like ‘I wonder if that is that Land Rover and caravan gone wrong’,” he said.

Mr Evans’ statement to police was read out in court, in which he said he had remembered having to brake suddenly as two lanes narrowed to one immediately before the crash.

Dorset Coroner Sherriff Payne said he believed Mr Evans had been the driver who overtook Mr Judd at speed, but he recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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7:22am Thu 27 Mar 14

JustForPoole says...

As a caravanner .... how very sad .... my thoughts with all family members. Please ALL caravanners read the warnings here and drive thoughfully for both your safety and other road users.
As a caravanner .... how very sad .... my thoughts with all family members. Please ALL caravanners read the warnings here and drive thoughfully for both your safety and other road users. JustForPoole
  • Score: 24

7:30am Thu 27 Mar 14

Huey says...

Another family torn apart by inadequate driving skills. An avoidable death. Very sad RIP.
Another family torn apart by inadequate driving skills. An avoidable death. Very sad RIP. Huey
  • Score: 12

9:33am Thu 27 Mar 14

MCAME1989 says...

Very sad that people can judge..
It can take only a second for a caravan to be taken out of control!
This man has paid his price lets hope it goes no further!
Very sad that people can judge.. It can take only a second for a caravan to be taken out of control! This man has paid his price lets hope it goes no further! MCAME1989
  • Score: -4

9:48am Thu 27 Mar 14

wintonbusinessman says...

Please no silly or nasty comments as this family has suffered enough.
Please no silly or nasty comments as this family has suffered enough. wintonbusinessman
  • Score: 10

10:37am Thu 27 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

wintonbusinessman wrote:
Please no silly or nasty comments as this family has suffered enough.
Totally agree this poor chap will have to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life - I think that is enough!
[quote][p][bold]wintonbusinessman[/bold] wrote: Please no silly or nasty comments as this family has suffered enough.[/p][/quote]Totally agree this poor chap will have to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life - I think that is enough! suzigirl
  • Score: 11

5:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence .
its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people... MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Molecatcher says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence .
its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
So, what purpose would it serve to put this guy in the dock exactly? Who would gain from that? He acted stupidly. As a result, he has lost his wife and his young son has lost his Mum. How will either of them ever get over that?

Is that not enough of a price for you then? Still want your pound of flesh do you? Presumably you have never done anything stupid?
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...[/p][/quote]So, what purpose would it serve to put this guy in the dock exactly? Who would gain from that? He acted stupidly. As a result, he has lost his wife and his young son has lost his Mum. How will either of them ever get over that? Is that not enough of a price for you then? Still want your pound of flesh do you? Presumably you have never done anything stupid? Molecatcher
  • Score: 5

8:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

lelbel says...

I knew rosemary and josh, lovely people. Such a sad story and so sad for rosemary's husband, He will have to live with this poor man xx
I knew rosemary and josh, lovely people. Such a sad story and so sad for rosemary's husband, He will have to live with this poor man xx lelbel
  • Score: 6

9:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

rayc says...

@ MotorbikeSam said "the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous."
Surely that is a good thing? in any trial you would expect the prosecution to have to prove the charge beyond reasonable doubt.
@ MotorbikeSam said "the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous." Surely that is a good thing? in any trial you would expect the prosecution to have to prove the charge beyond reasonable doubt. rayc
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence .
its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
You sir, are a nasty piece of work.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...[/p][/quote]You sir, are a nasty piece of work. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Molecatcher wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence .
its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
So, what purpose would it serve to put this guy in the dock exactly? Who would gain from that? He acted stupidly. As a result, he has lost his wife and his young son has lost his Mum. How will either of them ever get over that?

Is that not enough of a price for you then? Still want your pound of flesh do you? Presumably you have never done anything stupid?
it would maybe other road user safer while an reckless driver is OFF the road..
[quote][p][bold]Molecatcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...[/p][/quote]So, what purpose would it serve to put this guy in the dock exactly? Who would gain from that? He acted stupidly. As a result, he has lost his wife and his young son has lost his Mum. How will either of them ever get over that? Is that not enough of a price for you then? Still want your pound of flesh do you? Presumably you have never done anything stupid?[/p][/quote]it would maybe other road user safer while an reckless driver is OFF the road.. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence .
its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
You sir, are a nasty piece of work.
well thank you kink sir for your comment...
if your loved ones were traveling the other way when a dangerous driver was rolling his land rover and they died... then you would be saying oh let him off it was only a silly little error the dead cant be returned to u so what !!!
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...[/p][/quote]You sir, are a nasty piece of work.[/p][/quote]well thank you kink sir for your comment... if your loved ones were traveling the other way when a dangerous driver was rolling his land rover and they died... then you would be saying oh let him off it was only a silly little error the dead cant be returned to u so what !!! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Fri 28 Mar 14

cromwell9 says...

I had a caravan pass me on the Ilminster bypas in Somerset speeding at 80 MPH.
This is another tragic accident on a fast rd,
I had a caravan pass me on the Ilminster bypas in Somerset speeding at 80 MPH. This is another tragic accident on a fast rd, cromwell9
  • Score: 1

11:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai l wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...
You sir, are a nasty piece of work.
well thank you kink sir for your comment... if your loved ones were traveling the other way when a dangerous driver was rolling his land rover and they died... then you would be saying oh let him off it was only a silly little error the dead cant be returned to u so what !!!
Troll.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: another white wash! causing death by dangerous driving should have been the charge ! nothing wrong with car or caravan, more than one witnesses observed dangerous driving .... the trouble is with the law when it come to causing death by dangerous driving it has to be proved the driving before the incident was dangerous. When you act like a moron behind the wheel of a car you dont deserve a licence . its ok to say this man has suffered enough but only by luck did he not kill more people...[/p][/quote]You sir, are a nasty piece of work.[/p][/quote]well thank you kink sir for your comment... if your loved ones were traveling the other way when a dangerous driver was rolling his land rover and they died... then you would be saying oh let him off it was only a silly little error the dead cant be returned to u so what !!![/p][/quote]Troll. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: -2

10:16am Sat 29 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Troll:- an ugly cave-dwelling creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf..
Unless of course you mean the version that means someone
who post comments to cause arguments ?
If and many people died of a virus as die on the roads you would be
dressing up in a pink gorilla suit and raising money to help the cause
but because these deaths are cause by idiots in cars you throw up
your hands and say ah well not much we can ....
so Let common sense prevail and speak up do what you can to
so yes I am a cave dweller...and proud of it.
Troll:- an ugly cave-dwelling creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf.. Unless of course you mean the version that means someone who post comments to cause arguments ? If and many people died of a virus as die on the roads you would be dressing up in a pink gorilla suit and raising money to help the cause but because these deaths are cause by idiots in cars you throw up your hands and say ah well not much we can .... so Let common sense prevail and speak up do what you can to so yes I am a cave dweller...and proud of it. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 3

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