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Driver criticises condition of A35 after death of Poole mum Rosemary Evans
A PROFESSIONAL driver has slammed the condition of the road tragic mum Poole Rosemary Evans died on.
Richard Tabor, of Matchams Lane, Hurn, has owned a caravan for nearly 20 years, often driving it around Dorset.
But in Easter this year, on the same stretch of the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport where the 48-year-old lost her life, he almost lost control of his Nissan.
The driving consultant and former coach driver, right, said: “We went on holiday in Easter travelling on that road.
“All of a sudden, on that stretch, my caravan went very wobbly, and began snaking.
“There was no reason at all for this – it was down to the road surface and I believe this could be a factor in the poor lady’s death.”
Mrs Evans sustained serious injuries when the Land Rover Discovery she was travelling in overturned on Saturday, August 24 at Askerwell.
The vehicle was towing a caravan.
Mrs Evans died of a traumatic brain injury in hospital the following Tuesday. Her 52-year-old husband Mike and their 11-year-old son Josh were also in the vehicle.
The youngster escaped without injury, while Mr Evans was taken to hospital with minor injuries following the collision.
Mr Tabor said: “It’s very easy for a caravan to flip in that sort of situation.
“I have heard suggestions being given to motorists that they should either brake or accelerate, and it’s easy to see how someone might follow that advice.
"But the right thing to do is just take your foot off the accelerator altogether and keep straight, and the caravan will right itself.”
A police spokesman said: “Dorset Police continues to investigate Rosemary Evans’s death on behalf of HM Coroner and it would be inappropriate to add anything further at this time.
"The full circumstances surrounding Mrs Evans’s death will be a matter for the inquest.”
A Dorset County Council spokesperson said it was a Highways Agency matter, but added: “Whenever there is a fatal accident the authority responsible for the road will meet with the police and look at the site and see if there is anything that could have been done to prevent it happening.”
A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Rosemary Evans following this tragic incident but while the police investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing we are unable to comment further.”
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