A GIRLFRIEND listened on the phone as her partner was killed in a car crash in which he hit a deer and another car, an inquest heard.

Aaron Dycer, 24, was on speakerphone to Clare Ashford when his car hit the animal on a country road and veered into an oncoming vehicle.

Miss Ashford told the Bournemouth inquest how she heard him shout out “aargh” followed by a loud bang before everything went silent. She then heard the other driver, Antoinette Jenkins, pleading for help because she was trapped in her Subaru Impreza.

Miss Ashford, 19, tried calling Mr Dycer but got no reply and then drove the route to his work at a farm until she came across his black Volkswagen Golf.

She found his body in the car and tried to give him CPR but he died at the scene.

An inquest heard Mr Dycer, a milker at a farm, had been due to leave home in Templecombe, Somerset, at 4.15am to get to work but was running late as his car wouldn’t start. Miss Ashford, a hairdresser, woke up to help him jumpstart it before he drove away.

He called her a short while later to check she was okay.

In a statement read out at the inquest, Miss Ashford said: “He was asking me if I was okay and explained why he had been grumpy when I heard him shout ‘aargh’.

“I could hear fear in the way he shouted and I instantly heard a loud crashing sound, like a loud bang, and then silence.

“After about 10 seconds I heard a woman shouting for help. I was shouting his name but all I could hear was her. I hung up the phone and rang back again and again but there was no answer.”

The collision took place on the A352 at Longburton, near Sherborne at around 4.45am on August 11 last year.

Miss Jenkins, an NHS anaesthetist, told the inquest Mr Dycer’s car was travelling “at massive speed” when it crossed into her side of the road and smashed into her vehicle.

She suffered a fractured spine and pelvis and spent almost a month in hospital. She has still not been able to return to work as a result of her injuries.

Sergeant Jez Strothard, of Dorset Police, said they had not been able to work out how fast Mr Dycer had been driving at the time.

A post mortem examination conformed he died from multiple injuries.

Richard Middleton, Dorset assistant coroner, recorded a verdict that Mr Dycer died as a result of a road traffic collision.

He issued a warning to members of the public to be aware of animals crossing country roads at dusk and dawn.

He said: “The sequence of events seems to have been triggered by the collision with the deer, and I would like to remind members of the public of the increased presence of wildlife at dusk and dawn on rural roads.”