Care quick to arrive at road tragedy scene
THE family of a man killed in a car crash say they take some comfort in the knowledge that emergency services were on the scene within minutes – although nothing could be done to save his life.
Dominic Baker, 21, a former pupil of Sexey's School in Bruton died in a collision on the A371 near Bratton Seymour at around 10.35pm on Thursday, February 28, this year.
He was the son of Clifford Baker, the head lad of top National Hunt trainer, Paul Nicholls.
The inquest heard Mr Baker's blue Renault Clio veered off the A371 and into some trees at the side.
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Within moments, a paramedic attending another incident passed along the road and was able to assess his condition.
Mr Baker's father told the inquest that learning of the paramedic's almost immediate attendance had brought some comfort to the family.
He said: "It's a big relief to know that if there was any chance he had it there, it was available."
Family and friends turned out in force to hear the conclusion of the coroner's report into his death last week.
The inquest heard Mr Baker lost control of his car and crashed on his way home from a shift at the Co-operative on Carrington Way, Wincanton.
But it was unable to conclude what had caused Mr Baker to lose control of his vehicle.
A written statement by Matthew Cole, a colleague who had been on shift with him that evening, was read out at the hearing.
Mr Cole, who finished at the same time as Mr Baker, said he had been given no reason to believe that there was anything troubling him on the night in question.
The inquest also heard from Peter Ashford, a lorry driver for Peter Green Chilled, who said he had been driving along the A371 towards Wincanton on the night and that the road conditions were damp.
Upon approaching a right-hand bend in the road he was met by a blue Renault Clio coming in the opposite direction.
Mr Ashford said: "A car came into view, coming towards me around the bend at high speed with its main beam headlights on, which dazzled me."
He added that he never normally drove with his own headlights on main beam, even in the dark.
He told the hearing the car continued past him on the correct side of the road along the straight stretch of road he had just travelled along.
He said: "I heard a scuffing noise and looked in my rear-view mirror and saw the car's headlamps jump in the air."
After pulling over to the side of the road Mr Ashford got out of the cab.
Just at the same moment an emergency response car approached, which he flagged down.
He said he later learnt that the vehicle was not a police car as he had first thought, but rather paramedic, Richard Garment, who was driving to attend another incident.
Mr Ashford told Mr Garment what he had seen and he immediately attended the scene a little further up the road.
Mr Garment's statement said that upon discovering Mr Baker's car, which had sustained considerable damage along the driver's side, he was unable to find the young man's pulse.
Applying a heart monitor he was able to confirm he had died.
Checks were carried out on Mr Baker's Clio by vehicle expert Geoffrey French and no defects could be found with it.
Accident investigation officer, PC Mark Stedman, told the inquest that the car had gone into an oversteer which caused it to then go into an anti-clockwise arc, which then led to the collision.
But he added it was impossible to say what had caused this to happen.
He said: "It is more than likely that the incident occurred below the speed limit, but was just a bit too fast for the driver's skills and the road conditions."
The possibility that Mr Baker had suffered from a condition known as Sudden Adult Death was also considered by the inquest because Mr Baker's mother had died suddenly at the age of 43.
Her death was never explained but SAD was considered as a possibility.
Cardiac specialist Dr Mary Shepherd investigated Mr Baker's death but returned a conclusion that his heart was normal.
In a written statement submitted to the inquest she said that if there was no other explanation for the cause of the incident, SAD was a possibility.
But assessing the evidence, East Somerset Coroner Tony Williams said: "I simply can't tell and it would be wrong to surmise."
A post-mortem examination concluded Mr Baker died from multiple injuries.
Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Williams said: "The most that I am able to say is that at 10.35pm on Thursday, February 28, on the A371 Mr Baker lost control of his motor car.
"The cause of that loss of control could not be established."