Pensioner’s heart failure could have caused fatal crash

A pensioner who died when her car collided with a lorry may have suffered heart failure at the wheel, an inquest has heard.

A post mortem showed that Swineshead woman Celia Posey probably passed out and lost control of her car because of the heart condition, leading her VW Polo to plough into an oncoming car transporter.

Recording a narrative verdict, south Lincolnshire’s deputy coroner Paul Cooper said he believed this was most likely to have been the cause of the collision, which happened on 
February 28.

Mrs Posey, 77, had been on her way to see a friend in Spalding when the collision took place.

Witnesses described seeing her car drift out of its lane on the A16 before hitting the front of the car transporter head-on.

Andy Arnott, who saw the collision, said: “The vehicle came off the ground approximately four or five feet, whilst it was in the air it spun two or three times. There was a lot of debris coming off when it exploded. It was like a big firework going off in the air.”

Martin Bird, who had been driving the transporter, said Mrs Posey’s face was completely expressionless as she careered towards his vehicle before the impact.

After the inquest, Mrs Posey’s son John said: “As a family we are just very pleased that no-one else was injured or killed.
“It’s tragic for us but it would have been even worse if we had known someone else had been injured as a result of the accident.”
He added: “She will be sadly missed by all her friends.”
The inquest took place at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Friday.