Mystery still surrounds death of devoted dad whose car crashed into wall near Asda (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Mystery still surrounds death of devoted dad David Gregory whose car crashed into wall near Asda in Bournemouth
A DEVOTED father-of-two who died when his Jeep crashed into a wall was probably not wearing a seatbelt, an inquest heard.
David Gregory died of multiple injuries sustained when he struck the steering wheel in the early morning crash at St Paul’s roundabout in Bournemouth.
An inquest was told he failed to negotiate the roundabout as he travelled to Bournemouth station just before 6am on October 10 last year.
But extensive inquiries carried out by the coroner failed to discover why Mr Gregory made no attempt to steer round the roundabout, known as the Asda roundabout, and hit the wall.
Assistant coroner Richard Middleton heard from other drivers in the area at the time who said they saw no obstacles or distractions.
Although Mr Gregory had been recently diagnosed with diabetes and thyroid problems, the coroner was told it was unclear whether any medical conditions contributed to the accident.
Recording a verdict that Mr Gregory died following a road traffic collision, Mr Middleton said: “We will never know what happened when Mr Gregory entered the roundabout. “Something happened which led to him being unable to complete his manoeuvre. He does not appear to have been wearing a seatbelt.”
Mr Middleton said he is satisfied Mr Gregory did not collide with the wall deliberately.
Mr Gregory, 53, of Leeson Road, Boscombe East, was married to Lynette and had two children. His first grandchild was due to be born four months after his tragic death. He was a chartered accountant who commuted on a daily basis to work in investment banking in central London.
After his death, his family received more than 300 cards and message from friends and colleagues, including many from the Salvation Army in Boscombe, of which he was a member.
In a statement to the Bournemouth inquest, Lynette Gregory said he was heavily involved in church life and had been a mentor for the Prince’s Trust.
She added: “Our greatest comfort is knowing that he is now at peace in heaven.”
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