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Fiancé found partner drowned in a ditch after tragic car accident

A woman in her 50s who died after becoming trapped in a car that crashed into a river drowned, an in..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 18, 2018

A woman in her 50s who died after becoming trapped in a car that crashed into a river drowned, an inquest has found.

Sharon Jane Taylor, 54, of Bury Lane, Sutton, Ely, died after she lost control of her blue Rover 25 in the B1098 Sixteen Foot Bank in Wimblington, in the early hours of October 8, 2017.

Police shut the B1098 Sixteen Foot Bank between Boots Bridge, Wimblington and Chatteris (pictured) as a result of the fatal crash (Image: Google)

Out of control, then upside down

Today (April 18) at Huntingdon Coroner's Court, family members heard how the former GB speed skater, who became a farmer in Wisbech, was driving to a car boot sale at around 6.30am before suffering a lapse in concentration.

According to PC Jay Porter, she steered into an incorrect course and while leaving the carriageway, turned her steering wheel excessively to change course – which put her into an anticlockwise spin.

Sharon then lost control of the vehicle, mounted the grass verge and crashed into the river – leaving her car upside down.

The 54-year-old then drowned after being unable to get out of the car.

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Partner's shock

Her partner Malcolm Robinson found her car in the river after trying to find where she was.

He told the inquest: "She was going to meet her sister at the car boot sale. She called me and asked if I'd seen her because she hadn't arrived.

"I called her but it went to answer phone."

After an extensive search for her, he spotted Sharon's car in the river.

"I automatically saw it was Sharon's vehicle. I walked straight into the water. The vehicle was upside down. I opened the driver's door – but I couldn't see anything as the water was too murky.

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"I remained at the scene until emergency services came. I waited until Sharon was removed from the river.

"I was in shock and didn't know what to do."

'Momentary lapse in concentration'

Senior coroner David Hemming outlined the cause of death as drowning due to a road traffic accident.

The incident was deemed an accident, as it was an "unintended consequence from a momentary lapse in concentration."

He added: "It's a split second, and nothing more than that on many of the tragic accidents we're dealing with at the moment.

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"The alteration on steering mechanisms made it impossible to get out of, and what becomes a tragic situation."

A 'tsunami of grief'

Hayley Horsepole, Sharon's younger sister, was also in attendance at the court.

She said the family has been going through a "tsunami of grief" that has "washed them over."

The family added its thanks to PC Porter, who they say has been "brilliant" in supporting them.