Driver’s error caused crash

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Driver error was the likely cause of a crash which killed the manager of a Newmarket travel agency.

Fifty-two-year-old Shirley Ison, area manager for Premier Travel which has a branch in The Guineas, died when she lost control of her new BMW car on a bend in Gazeley Road in Dalham and crashed into a tree.

On Monday an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard there was no evidence that any another vehicle had been involved and there were no defects with Mrs Ison’s car

Accident investigator PC Richard Godden said that minutes before the crash on November 27 Mrs Ison, a mother-of-two who lived in Chatteris, and had been described by friends as a careful driver, had dropped colleague Renford Sargeant off at his home in Dalham before setting off to visit her parents. Paramedics called to the crash tried to save her after a motorist said he had detected a faint pulse and shallow breathing but she died at the scene as a result of multiple injuries.

“It appears most likely that Mrs Ison incorrectly assessed the nature of the bend and was unable, whatever her ability, to regain control of the car,” said PC Godden. He said excess speed was not a factor, tests for alcohol had been negative and there was no evidence that she had been using a mobile phone. Assistant Suffolk coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone concluded Mrs Ison died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.