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Driver, 84, 'could not remember' Stradsett death crash

An 84-year-old driver who killed a motorist in a head-on crash told an inquest she did not know how it happened.

Beryl Hughes, from Denver, near Downham Market, was driving on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened at Stradsett, Norfolk in February 2014.

The coroner concluded Brian Bockmaster, 80, died from injuries received.

In December Mrs Hughes was convicted at Norwich Crown Court of causing Mr Bockmaster's death by careless driving.

Judge Stephen Holt sentenced her to a suspended term of 24 weeks in jail and warned that fitness to drive by elderly people should be monitored by themselves and their families.

Mrs Hughes told the King's Lynn inquest into Mr Bockmaster's death she could remember little after going to collect her car after a holiday.

She had picked it up at the Foldgate Inn at Stradsett and remembered turning on the lights but could not recall whether they were on sidelights or full beam.

Witnesses said they saw Mrs Hughes' car drift to the offside of the A1122 as she drove towards Denver going into the path of an oncoming car driven by Mr Bockmaster.

He died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn the following day.

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