'Tragic accident' led to death of man at notorious blackspot

Daily Echo: 'Tragic accident' led to death of man at notorious blackspot 'Tragic accident' led to death of man at notorious blackspot

A HAMPSHIRE man died in a “tragic accident” at a notorious accident blackspot, an inquest heard.

Alexander Ridge, 40, died after his silver Dodge Nitro collided with a DAF articulated lorry at Bullington Cross where the A303 and A34 connect.

The inquest heard the lorry was indicating left ahead of the A34 sliproad where Mr Ridge pulled out of into the path of the lorry, which was travelling at around 37mph.

But witnesses, including lorry drive Mathew Hill said Mr Ridge, of Farnborough, was not looking in the direction of the lorry when the car emerged from the junction.

Coroner Grahame Short recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “It may have been that Mr Ridge has seen the lorry was indicating and assumed it was going to turn left and that he had an opportunity to turn out in front. But I accept that Mr Hill saw the back of the driver’s head and that does confirm Mr Ridge did not look again to his right – which is what the Highway Code recommends.”

Mr Short added: “The lorry had right of way at that junction and the Dodge car pulled into its path.”

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Ridge’s widow Tammy said she was pleased to meet Mr Hill and did not blame him for the incident.

She said: “We did not want this to affect his livelihood as a lorry driver and we didn’t want him to feel like we blame him. It was not his fault.”

The incident last September closed the road for seven hours.

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3:18pm Wed 28 May 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

What sage & brave words from the widow.
What sage & brave words from the widow. Hampshire Corn and Bread
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9:02pm Fri 30 May 14

T. Ridge says...

I would like to thank you for being so respectful at my husbands inquest. And for somehow managing to make heads or tails of the words I was saying. I do sincerely hope Mathew Hill could take some peace from my words to him, as I got peace from his words as well. But I was aware by the end I was exhausted and emotional and you unscrambled my ramblings very well. It is a great shame that one great man lost his life and another's is shattered because the council involved wont change an obviously dangerous and deadly junction. I think the fact the reenactment had to be restarted as someone else tried to pull out in front of the Lorry while it was being checked to see if it indicator would self cancel shows it is only a matter of time till it happens again. RIP my love....I hope we did you proud.
I would like to thank you for being so respectful at my husbands inquest. And for somehow managing to make heads or tails of the words I was saying. I do sincerely hope Mathew Hill could take some peace from my words to him, as I got peace from his words as well. But I was aware by the end I was exhausted and emotional and you unscrambled my ramblings very well. It is a great shame that one great man lost his life and another's is shattered because the council involved wont change an obviously dangerous and deadly junction. I think the fact the reenactment had to be restarted as someone else tried to pull out in front of the Lorry while it was being checked to see if it indicator would self cancel shows it is only a matter of time till it happens again. RIP my love....I hope we did you proud. T. Ridge
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