Parents pay tribute to tragic son

PUBLISHED: 07:35 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

A HONITON mother has spoken of her heartache after her only son was killed in a collision after he collapsed at the wheel hitting another vehicle head-on.

A HONITON mother has spoken of her heartache after her only son was killed in a collision after he collapsed at the wheel - hitting another vehicle head-on.Christopher James Binmore, 31, from Milldale Crescent, was killed when his VW Golf collided with a Mitsibushi four-wheel-drive on the A375 Honiton to Sidmouth Road on November 13, 2007.An inquest into Mr Binmore's death heard last week that the rhythm of his heart caused him to lose consciousness - and witnesses saw him slumped across the wheel as he veered onto the other side of the road.His car then collided with Alan Jackson's, of Oxhayes, Yarcombe, who was travelling with his wife Patricia and granddaughter to Sidmouth for lunch.Rosemary Binmore said she and ex-husband Roger were proud to have had a son like Christopher. She said: "We have lost our only child, a very dear son. "We couldn't have wished for a better son. "He was very kind, caring and had a wicked sense of humour."Mr Binmore, a market analyst for Reuters news service at Tiverton, had a history of epilepsy since 1997 but a DVLA medical test judged him fit to drive.Dr Lyndsay Wheen, pathologist for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Trust, said Mr Binmore had died from severe head injuries because of the road accident. While she could not rule out an epileptic fit prior to the accident, she believed Mr Binmore suffered from arrhythmia, a disorder of the rhythm of the heart. She said: "With epileptic seizures there is usually movement. "Mr Binmore was slumped over on his side and this would suggest a loss of consciousness."Mr Jackson, who is still being treated for injuries from the accident, said: "It happened so quickly and we couldn't have done anything to avoid it. "I expected the car to pull back in but it just accelerated towards me."Mrs Jackson added: "The car drove straight for us and there didn't seem to be any reason for this to happen. "The car kept coming at us and it all happened so quickly we had no time to take aversive action. "The red car hit us with tremendous force and we both stopped in our tracks."Mrs Jackson described being in a lot of pain, but their granddaughter was said to be unharmed.Mr Jackson said he had been driving at the correct speed limit and safely - which was supported by other drivers on the road at the time.Daniel Smith had been driving behind Mr Binmore, when he noticed the car slowing down.He said: "I looked into the Golf rear window and thought something was wrong as I could clearly see the driver with his head on the side of the window as if he were asleep."After the incident, passer-by Sharon Chatting approached Mr Binmore. She said: "I found his pulse and he was very pale in colour, like the life had gone out of him." Paramedic Gary Pester said Mr Binmore was dead at the scene of the accident.MPC Michael Passmore for police investigations supported the view that Mr Binmore had lost consciousness as there was no sign of braking.Deputy coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of accidental death following the inquest, held at County Hall. However, he recognised that natural causes had contributed to the accident.He said: "The primary reason for his death is the car accident. It appears Mr Jackson couldn't have done anything to avoid the accident."Work colleagues at Reuters in Tiverton have been fundraising in memory of Mr Binmore to raise money for the Devon and Air Ambulance.Mr Jackson hugged Mrs Binmore after the inquest and exchanged warm words.

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