Inquest hears how Witton man Adam Whiting died after collision on the A47 after using agricultural slip road
PUBLISHED: 18:06 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 12 April 2017
A man died in a road collision after passing through a slip road he should not have been using, an inquest has heard.
Adam Whiting, 52, of Witton, suffered fatal injuries when he was flung from his green 1969 Austin Healey just after 11pm on September 21 last year.
Mr Whiting, who worked as a postal driver, had turned right from the A47 Yarmouth Road at Postwick, through a slip road between the A47’s two dual carriageways which is reserved for agricultural vehicles.
Area coroner Yvonne Blake heard at Norfolk Coroner’s Court today (Tuesday, April 11) that Mr Whiting had intended to drive across the A47 onto Church Road, opposite the slipway, when he was hit by a black Honda Civic travelling towards Great Yarmouth.
The Honda was driven by James Campling, who, along with his girlfriend, Hollie Camilleri, suffered serious injuries in the collision and were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.
The inquest heard Mr Campling was driving at around 75mph when he saw the Austin, and had about six seconds to react before the crash. Mr Campling had said in a statement: “The impact was horrendous, the noise was horrific.”
Mrs Blake said the police did not place any blame on Mr Campling for the crash. She said: “Mr Whiting’s seat belt broke and the force of that threw him out.
“And, of course, he was in the middle of the road where he shouldn’t have been. It’s something that has altered three people’s lives and it’s very tragic.”
After the accident, Mr Whiting’s family paid tribute to him in a statement, saying: “Adam was a strong, generous, kind and caring man whose enthusiasm to enjoy and love life brought happiness and enjoyment to many.
“Adam was a loving and kind father, brother, son and uncle and will be truly missed by many.
“Although dearly missed you will always be with us in spirit and in our hearts, love you always.”
The inquest heard Mr Whiting’s car was in third gear, and he may have misjudged the gap in traffic needed to cross the A47.
He was also found to have had 50mgs of alcohol in 100mls of his blood, below the legal limit of 80mgs. An investigation found there were no mechanical problems with either of the cars involved.