Tears as driver tells of tragic crash

A LORRY driver broke down in tears as he recalled how a car pulled out in front of his vehicle, resulting in a horrific accident that killed two people.

A LORRY driver broke down in tears as he recalled how a car pulled out in front of his vehicle, resulting in a horrific accident that killed two people.

Grahame Outterside, 39, of May Road, Lowestoft, had been driving his lorry along the A12 towards Felixstowe port when he was involved in a collision with a Honda 4x4 at the A144 junction at Darsham on December 28 last year.

The driver of the Honda, Luc Moui Hoang, 32, of Fox Meadows, Barking, and front-seat passenger Chi Kwong Hon, 49, of Bramford Lane, Ipswich, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Mrs Hoang's two children, a two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, who were in car seats in the rear of the Honda were both seriously hurt in the accident.


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Lowestoft coroner George Leguen de Lacroix recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Outterside told the inquest his journey had been without incident until he came up to the A144 junction at Darsham.

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"As I got level with the A144, I became aware of a car approaching the junction and then realised it was not going to stop," he said.

"I jammed on my brakes, but I could not avoid the impact. It all happened in the blink of an eye."

Immediately after the collision the Honda was trapped under the lorry and both vehicles ended off the road in a field.

Mr Outterside said he could hear the young children screaming in terror from inside the Honda and it was at that point he broke down in tears.

The rest of his statement was read on his behalf by coroner's officer, Dennis Collinson.

"I feel absolutely terrible about it and I am so sorry, but I do not know what I could have done to avoid the accident," he said.

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