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Crash victim died from traumatic brain injury, inquest told


A VERDICT of accidental death was returned at an inquest yesterday (Monday) into the death of a 63-year-old civil servant in a road crash on the N5 Castlebar to Westport road in June of last year.
Martha King, Carrownalurgan, West Road, Westport, who worked at Davitt House, Castlebar, was driving a Toyota Rav 4 jeep towards Castlebar when she lost control of the vehicle at a place known locally as ‘Coyne’s Corner’, Ballinaboll South, Castlebar, on the morning of June 14, 2018.
The jeep veered into the path of oncoming traffic colliding with a Peugeot 207 car – the first of a convoy of three vehicles that were travelling in the direction of Westport.
Ms King was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, where she died shortly afterwards. Medical evidence given to an inquest in Castlebar stated that the cause of death was traumatic brain injury due to a road traffic accident.  
The driver of the second vehicle involved in the impact was Kevin Fitzmaurice from Beechpark, Claremorris. He told the inquest, which was conducted by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor, that the jeep gave a slight wobble on coming out of a bend and then came across the road sideways in front of him, striking his vehicle.
Sergeant Gabriel McLoughlin, PSV Inspector, gave evidence to the inquest that both vehicles were roadworthy prior to the collision. An inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the coroner expressed sympathy with Gerard Hamill, Ms King’s partner, and their son. Mr O’Connor praised the first responders and others who had helped at the scene and thanked the Gardaí for their thorough investigation into the circumstances of the accident.
Sergeant Regina Carley, on behalf of An Garda Síochána, and the foreman of the inquest jury, joined in the expressions of sympathy.