A MOTHER died after tripping over a speed bump in a Southampton car park while visiting her son.

Carol Broughton broke her neck after falling face first while walking towards her son’s flat in the private car park off Itchenside Close, in Swaythling.

Winchester Coroner’s Court heard how the 59-year-old stopped breathing and her daughter-in- law Amy Broughton performed CPR while her husband Andrew called the emergency services.

She was rushed to Southampton General Hospital but died two days later on March 12.

Mrs Broughton, a customer services assistant from Peterborough, had a long history of arthritis and osteoporosis which had significantly weakened her bones and she had to wear a cumbersome surgical boot on her left foot due to the deterioration of her bones.

James Nicoll, who conducted the post-mortem examination, said it was impossible to say for certain whether her condition and weakened foot had contributed to her death, but that a healthy person would not have died as a result of the fall.

Mr Nicoll said that death was due to a spinal injury.

Senior coroner Grahame Short said that despite Mrs Broughton’s condition her death would not have happened if “it was not for the fall.”

Mr Short concluded that Mrs Broughton’s death was the result of an accident.