Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Car crash nurse died 'avoiding deer'

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Image caption Ivory Lapitan was overtaking a driver on the A33 in Micheldever when she swerved off the road to avoid a deer, leading to fatal head injuries

A nurse died when her car crashed into a tree as she tried to avoid a deer, an inquest was told.

Ivory Lapitan, who was originally from the Philippines, was driving on the A33 near Micheldever, Hampshire, in the morning of 25 April.

The 24 year old had to brake hard to avoid a deer in the middle of the road, according to a witness.

Winchester Coroner's Court heard she suffered fatal head injuries after swerving into a set of trees.

'Massive bang'

An autopsy report read out in court said Ms Lapitan would have died instantaneously from her injuries.

Motorist Patricia Fagan said the nurse was overtaking her when she saw the deer in front of both of their cars.

She said: "As I was braking I heard a massive bang, she spun up the road and hit a tree which was another massive bang.

"As I was running towards her the tree came down on top of the car which was another bang.

"I tried to pull the door open and I was banging on the window."

Assistant coroner Sarah Whitby recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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