Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CRASH PENSIONER HAD STROKE IN CAR; Inquest Told of Horror Smash

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CRASH PENSIONER HAD STROKE IN CAR; Inquest Told of Horror Smash

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

A PENSIONER who died in hospital two months after a head-on road smash is thought to have suffered a stroke at the wheel.

Frank Kraus sustained horrific injuries including a fractured pelvis, neck, breast bone and ribs and a ruptured bowel, after losing control of his Blue Nissan Note in Normanby on April 11 last year.

An inquest yesterday heard the 77-year-old from Normanby did not appear to take any evasive action - even speeding up - as he veered into the path of a black Citroen Picasso being driven by a helpless Gary McNamara in Bankfields Road.

Teesside Coroner's Court heard Mr Kraus's wife Audrey, also 77, was a front seat passenger.

But she was reading a pamphlet she had just picked up in church and was oblivious to any danger - until she heard the loud bang of the two cars colliding.

Both Mrs Kraus and Mr Mc-Namara also suffered serious injuries in the crash, which Mr Mc-Namara said had also exacerbated his existing spinal problems.

Mr McNamara, from Edward Street, Eston, yesterday told the court he was travelling home from Flatts Lane Woodland Centre with wife Susan and their two dogs, when he noticed Mr Kraus' car coming towards him.

The witness told deputy Teesside coroner Anthony Eastwood that Mr Kraus, of Aldwych Close, was "veering across the road onto our side" then back towards the opposite lane.

He added he "became worried" as Mr Kraus crossed over onto his side of the road again and responded by braking and beeping his horn in a bid to avoid a now "inevitable" collision.

The crash was made worse by a third vehicle, a blue Fiat Brava, colliding with the rear of Mr Mc-Namara's car, which had almost been at a standstill on impact.

Mr McNamara said the crash "took only two seconds but seemed to happen in slow motion," while his wife, who had got out of the car with the couple's dogs, shouted to her husband to get out as the car was "smoking".

Witness Karen Donovan, of Bankside Court, described seeing the "shock" on Mr McNamara's face moments before the crash. She immediately called 999.

Michael Field also witnessed the crash as he drove from his nearby home. …

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