York mum and son died after family car thrown into air in lorry crash
A mother and son from York were killed after their car was hit by a lorry and thrown into the air, an inquest heard. Jean Kay, 70, and her son Richard, 44, died after the car they were travelling in was hit by a 44-tonne Volvo on the A1077 at Barrow in North Lincolnshire. They were passengers in a Vauxhall Mokka which was being driven by Jean’s 73-year-old husband, Geoff Kay, Grimsby Live reports.
Despite the efforts of witnesses who rushed to help, both the mother and her son were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on August 16 last year. The inquest heard the car was thrown into the air by the impact and landed on a grass verge. Both Jean and Richard died from multiple injuries.
No criminal proceedings were taken against Mr Kay, who said he could not remember the collision, and he surrendered his driving licence after the crash.
A York mum and son were killed in the crash in Lincolnshire (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
The family had been travelling to the Lincolnshire town of Louth to visit relatives at the time and had stopped at The Ropewalk in Barton before continuing through Barrow. A statement from a woman who witnessed the crash was was read to the coroner’s court in Cleethorpes, in which she described the Vauxhall Mokka failing to stop at the junction with Wold Road. “He totally ignored the sign and drove straight through the junction.
He was hit by the HGV,” she said.
She added: “There was no way anyone would get any advanced view from the truck. It struck along the side and went up in the air and landed on the grass verge on the other side of the road.” She told how she saw first aiders give CPR to Mrs Kay after she was lifted from the rear seat.
A retired police superintendent and off-duty police inspector were among those first on the scene to give first aid. Collision investigator Steve Youngson said no criminal action was taken against Mr Kay or the lorry driver, who was travelling at 40mph in a 30mph limit. He said the Crown Prosecution Service decided decided “it was not in the public interest to pursue prosecution” against the lorry driver.
Police at the scene of the crash on the A1077 in Barrow, North Lincolnshire (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
Jean Kay’s sister, Elizabeth Richardson, told the hearing: “We do not blame Geoff.
I just want closure. We are still close. This will not separate us.
He is still part of our family.” She said Richard worked in a special school near York for children with learning difficulties. Assistant coroner Jane Eatock said there had been insufficient time for the lorry driver to avoid a collision.
“We do not know why he did not stop. We have no clue. It was a momentary lapse in concentration and we do not have an explanation why,” she said.
She also paid tribute to those who rushed to help. “I commend them and thank them for their public-spirited action. It is always good to see people doing what they can,” she said.
“People helped tremendously.”
She concluded both the mother and son died accidental deaths arising from a road traffic collision.
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