A TOP disc jockey was killed when a Cat's-eye leapt from a Hampshire motorway and smashed through the windscreen of a car, an inquest heard.

Now a coroner is demanding a safety review of the M3 near Winchester following the death of Kemi Olusanya.

The 35-year-old, known as Dj Kemistry, who was one half of top drum 'n' bass dj duo Kemistry and Storm, died when the Golf GTI she was a travelling in was hit by the 4.5kg cast iron Cat's-eye housing on April 25.

An inquest heard that the housing had been thrown up from the motorway by a passing van.

The driver of the Golf, Jane Conneeley, told Central Hampshire coroner Grahame Short that the pair had performed a gig at Bar Cuba in Southamp-ton and were returning to their homes in London.

She said that she saw a Nissan Cabstar travelling north on the motorway just as the carriageway splits into two roads at junction nine.

Ms Conneeley said that the Cabstar moved back on to the M3 from the A34 sliproad at the last minute by going over the chevrons at the point of the junction.

She said: "Halfway past the van I saw something out of the corner of my eye high in the air. I then heard a loud bang and the glass had shattered.

"I had no idea what had happened. I thought a stone had hit us and the windscreen had smashed. "I said to Kemi I should pull over and call the AA, without realising she had stopped making any noise."

Miss Olusanya was killed instantly by the 23cm-long object, after suffering massive facial injuries.

Accident investigator Pc Brian Carter said the stud had become airborne after contact with another vehicle. He added that six Cat's-eyes in the area of the accident had been filled in.

The driver of the Nissan van, Naeem Akhter from London, has been charged with careless driving, driving without any insurance and driving without a licence.

Forensic scientist David Price said there was a lack of bitumen in the Cat's-eye and that was why it had come loose.

David Baker, of the Highways Agency, said there had been a visual examination the day before, with a detailed inspection a month prior - no loose units had been found.

But Mr Short said he would write to the agency asking for a special inspection of the junction. Recording a verdict of accidental death, he said: "The chance of a Cat's-eye being thrown in the air must have been minute in the extreme. It was a tragic accident."

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