Accidental death of Colyton man

PUBLISHED: 07:26 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

A DRIVER was unable to avoid colliding with a Colyton man's car when it pulled out in front of him, an inquest has heard.

A DRIVER was unable to avoid colliding with a Colyton man's car when it pulled out in front of him, an inquest has heard.Babette Mandy Savage, who was driving a Toyota Landcruiser, was unable to avoid Roy Leonard Restorick's Landrover after he pulled out at a junction on the A35 near Axminster.Mr Restorick's car was hit in the driver's door and the vehicle up in a nearby hedge, on August 7, 2007. He died from his injuries on August 19.Deputy coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of accidental death following an inquest, held last week. Mr Salter said the 76-year-old, from Lilly Lake Farm, had sustained serious head injuries, including a fractured skull.MPS Nick Broomfield, collision investigator, said the collision could have been attributed to the restricted vision, because of an extended hedge and that Mr Restorick's vehicle may have rolled forward. He added that rain, and the fact Mr Restorick only had sight in one eye, following an injury 20 years ago, could have contributed to the collision.Mr Salter said: "It's difficult to determine the accident's circumstances. He could have been travelling with a moment of inattention, it could have been due to the climatic circumstances, or because he only had sight in one eye. "It seems fairly clear with the evidence that there was nothing Mrs Savage could have done to avoid an accident.


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