Crash victim might have had ‘medical event’ inquest hears

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A 26-year-old kitchen fitter may have suffered a “medical event” shortly before his car veered across the road and crashed in to another vehicle, an inquest has heard.

Craig Darren Wadsworth was pronounced dead at the scene after his Peugeot 206 crashed head-on into a Kia Carens on Hemsworth Road, Hemsworth, on Wednesday, September 11.

The crash happened shortly before 4.40pm.

At an inquest opening into his death on Tuesday, Wakefield coroner David Hinchliff said Mr Wadsworth, of Stanhope Gardens, Barnsley, may have suffered some sort of “medical event” when behind the wheel.

Mr Hinchliff said: “The driver of the Peugeot had veered across the carriageway and into the path of the Kia.”

He added: “Inquiries revealed that Craig had finished work at a premises quite close to the collision and was being followed by another work colleague who has said that his colleague’s driving seemed quite normal until he veered across the road and in to the path of the oncoming vehicle.”

Mr Wadsworth’s vehicle was travelling towards Hemsworth, while the Kia was heading towards South Kirkby.

A provisional postmortem revealed that Mr Wadsworth died from multiple injuries and the inquest was adjourned for further police inquiries to take place.

The driver of the Kia Carens had to be cut free from his vehicle by crews from South Elmsall Fire Station and Hemsworth Fire Station.

He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital suffering neck, scalp and spinal injuries.

His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Hemsworth Road was closed for several hours because of the incident and the air ambulance attended the scene.