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.