Delivery driver Tibor Darazs died after failing to stop at crossroads in Grateley

Delivery driver died after failing to stop at crossroads

Delivery driver died after failing to stop at crossroads

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A delivery driver died after he failed to stop at a rural crossroads in Hampshire crashing into another car, an inquest heard.

Tibor Darazs was flung from his vehicle and sustained multiple injuries after the Mercedes Sprinter van he was driving collided with a Mercedes E-class estate car in Grateley.

At Southampton Coroners Court Mary Campbell said she had seen a "flash" come from her left when Tibor overshot the junction at the bottom of Grateley Drove as she was driving her car away from the village of Cholderton along the B3084.

She received no serious injuries in the accident but the 22-year old from Locksway Road in Southsea died on September 1 last year at Salisbury District Hospital, despite the best efforts of medical experts to save him.

From evidence gathered at the scene accident investigators believed he had drifted to the other side of the road and had not been wearing a seatbelt as he drove down Grateley Drove on August 31.

He left his mobile phone on the van's dashboard after he had finished speaking to a friend.

But PC Drew McDonnell added that because of the effects of a tree canopy over the road and high hedges at the road side he might not able to make out the junction ahead despite visible warning signs on the road.

Neither he nor Mrs Campbell were driving under the influence and both were driving within the speed limit.

Recording a verdict of accidental death Central Hampshire Coroner Grahame Short said: "I believe that he didn't realise there was a junction until it was too late to stop."

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11:50am Fri 6 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Fortunate that Mrs Campbell was well protected in a sturdy car. A motorcyclist or cyclist would not have escaped so lightly.
Fortunate that Mrs Campbell was well protected in a sturdy car. A motorcyclist or cyclist would not have escaped so lightly. From the sidelines
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