Honington crash death 'caused by hailstones'

A 43-year-old woman was caught out by "sudden and rare" hailstones when she died in a car crash, an inquest has heard.

Jennifer Holmes of Honington in Suffolk, was driving on Green Lane near the local RAF base on 3 March when the accident happened.

The inquest heard Ms Holmes's Peugeot 307 lost its grip on the road and was in collision with another car.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

'Responsible manner'

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds was told the weather suddenly changed and the road became covered in hailstones.

A statement from Suffolk Police accident investigator PC Roy Daid, said the dead woman had been driving in a responsible manner on a familiar road but "she was caught out by a sudden and rare event".

Her car slid on the ice and began to rotate, the coroner's court heard.

The other car, an Audi, was coming in the opposite direction and it also slid on the ice.

Its driver, Anthony Martin, was less seriously hurt in the collision.

Dr Dan Sharpstone, assistant deputy coroner for Suffolk, recorded that Ms Holmes, of Willow Green, died accidentally as a result of a road traffic accident.

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