A “MUCH-LOVED” married couple died after a crash in Sherborne nearly a month apart from each other.

Geoffrey, 88, and Angela Cave, 86, were travelling west bound on the A30 Babylon Hill when they crossed the dual carriageway to join Marl Lane at approximately 5.50pm on January 21, an inquest heard.

When crossing the dual carriageway, their Skoda Roomster struck a car travelling east bound.

Senior coroner for Dorset, Rachael Griffin, told the inquest the front nearside of the Skoda took most the impact, and as a result Mrs Cave suffered life-threatening injuries.

Mrs Cave was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and later transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

The inquest heard she died on January 22 as a result of multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision.

Her husband, Geoffrey, suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening at the time.

He was taken to Yeovil District Hospital and was short of breath.

Mr Cave had suffered multiple rib fractures and the surgical team was involved in the management of his injuries.

He was transferred to Yeatman Community Hospital where his condition deteriorated. He suffered from bronchitis and pneumonia and died on February 18.

The inquest heard the weather on the day of the crash was very foggy and the road was dry.

A statement from Jason Chambers, the driver of the Toyota, said he saw the car cross into his side of the road and was unsure why it did not stop.

The statement said he was unable to take evasive action and unable to avoid the collision.

He doesn’t remember the impact and was very dazed.

Examinations on both vehicles after the crash found no faults that could have contributed to the crash.

Ms Griffin said: “From the evidence, the cause was driver error, compounded by poor visibility due to heavy fog.

“Mr and Mrs Cave died due to a road traffic collision.”