Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Deaths 'Could Have Been Avoided' Mother and Daughter Were Killed in Crash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Deaths 'Could Have Been Avoided' Mother and Daughter Were Killed in Crash

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Byline: Katie Davies

THE deaths of a mother and daughter after a head-on collision could have been avoided if the driver of the car that hit theirs had taken medical advice, an inquest heard yesterday. Mya Richardson, six, and her mother Joanne, 40, were killed after a car being driven on the wrong carriageway of the A1 collided with the vehicle they were travelling in.

They were passengers in a black Jaguar that was hit by a burgundy Jaguar being driven northwards on the southbound dual carriageway.

The crash took place half a mile north of the Gosforth Park Interchange in Newcastle in August last year.

The driver of the burgundy Jaguar Larry Sheldon, 61, of Blyth, Northumberland, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He died in October of a brain tumour.

The inquest into the deaths of Mrs Richardson and Mya heard that Mr Sheldon had previously complained of headaches, but had not consulted his GP.

The car carrying Mya and her mother was driven by father and husband, Ian.

He survived with minor injuries, along with the couple's daughter Ava, who was 12-weeks-old at the time of the crash.

After the hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre yesterday, Mr Richardson said: "This accident could have been prevented.

I just wish Mr Sheldon had sought treatment because not doing so resulted in the accident."

The 37-year-old added: "Three people have lost their lives and nothing said in the inquest can change that."

The inquest was told that Mr Sheldon, who suffered from arrhythmia and diabetes, was on his way to pick his wife up from Shiremoor Metro Station in North Tyneside but had lost his bearings.

Before entering the southbound carriageway, he turned right instead of left onto the dual carriageway before crashing head-on into Mr Richardson's car. Efforts by other motorists to alert Mr Sheldon failed. Coroner David Mitford said: "There are numerous indications on the road. …

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