Crash women were not wearing seat belts

TWO young women who died in car accidents in the county were not wearing seatbelts and inquest has heard.Mother of two Deborah Irwin was thrown from her car following a crash on the A14 after she tried to swerve out of the way of a car on March 21.

TWO young women who died in car accidents in the county were not wearing seatbelts and inquest has heard.

Mother of two Deborah Irwin was thrown from her car following a crash on the A14 after she tried to swerve out of the way of a car on March 21.

And learner driver Kelly Baker, also 28 died after relenting to peer pressure as she drove aggressively around Rendlesham Forest with a group of people on April 24.

At their inquests at Ipswich Crown Court, Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean passed verdicts of accidental death.


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The inquest heard how Miss Irwin of Glemham Drive, Rushmere St Andrew came to rest 95 metres from where she lost control of her Fiat Bravo on the A14 at Levington.

Miraculously her three-year-old son, Matteo, who was a passenger, survived without serious injury.

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Speaking at the inquest police crash investigator Pc Jeff Cribb said Miss Irwin was in the process of overtaking a light-coloured box van when the accident happened.

“The vehicle in lane one drifted across and the wheels entered lane two by a few inches,” Pc Cribb said.

“It appears likely Miss Irwin reacted to the movement by breaking and steering away to the right.

“She was ejected through the driver's window while the car was rolling.”

Investigating officer Pc Ben Coombes told the court witnesses saw the van pull over following the accident for a “short period” before fleeing the scene and the driver has never been found.

A statement released following the hearing by Miss Irwin's sister, Gemma Irwin, said her family had been “irrevocably shattered” by her death.

Miss Irwin's two children are being cared for by her partner Alberto Lesina.

The inquest also heard how Kelly Baker of Broad Lanes, Elmstead, who was well known as a club dancer in Ipswich and Colchester had just started driving lessons when she got behind the wheel in Rendlesham Forest and drove along the fire tracks.

She had only just met the four passengers in the car with her driving the first time was described as being “reasonable and sensible.”

However after another person who had never driven before got behind the wheel and drove erractically, Miss Baker had another go and was said to have driven more aggressively.

She lost control of the car and rolled it several times. She was taken to Ipswich Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

Dr Dean said: “This emphasises the good sense in wearing seatbelts when driving or being carried in a vehicle.”

He said the combination of not wearing a seatbelt and peer group pressure had led to a very sad outcome.

n.Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information on the A14 accident, or the whereabouts of the van driver, to come forward and contact Pc Ben Coombes on 01473 613500.

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