OAP’s heart defect led to death crash

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A pensioner died when his car smashed into a garden wall on a Doncaster estate after he became ill at the wheel.

Retired insurance agent Leslie Smith suffered a blockage to the heart in the moments before the crash in Balby on March 28 last year, an inquest heard.

The coroner praised the efforts of a nurse who stopped at the scene and tried to revive the 83-year-old until paramedics arrived, but he was certified dead shortly after arriving at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Mr Smith, of Woburn Close, Balby, had visited the post office at Warmsworth that afternoon before driving along Thomson Avenue, Balby, where witnesses saw his Ford Ka strike the kerb and veer across the carriageway before colliding with the boundary wall of a house.

A post-mortem examination showed he had suffered a thrombosis in an artery leading to the heart. A tear in his aorta, which caused large loss of blood, was more than likely due to the impact of the collision and not the cause of his death.

Recording a narrative conclusion, Assistant Coroner Mark Beresford commended the actions of nurse Hayley Farmer who drove past the crashed car but turned around and stopped. She found no signs of life on Mr Smith but continued CPR.

Police collision investigator Mark Smith said there were no defects on the Ford Ka to cause it to go out of control and no other vehicles were involved.

“It’s possible while suffering a heart attack he was not able to maintain the position of the vehicle,” he said.