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Inquest hears of tragedy in Southwold

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:26 06 July 2010

A YARMOUTH grandmother died when she was hit by a car being driven by her husband, an inquest heard on Friday.

Sandra Roden, 64, had been spending the day in Southwold with her husband Keith on April 22 when tragedy struck as the couple's car collided with Mrs Roden while Mr Roden was reversing out of a car parking space.

A YARMOUTH grandmother died when she was hit by a car being driven by her husband, an inquest heard on Friday.

Sandra Roden, 64, had been spending the day in Southwold with her husband Keith on April 22 when tragedy struck as the couple's car collided with Mrs Roden while Mr Roden was reversing out of a car parking space.

The inquest held in Lowestoft heard that witnesses reported hearing a car revving loudly just before the crash on April 22.

Suffolk deputy coroner Yvonne Blake said that one witness told police he saw a woman “flying in the air about three feet off the ground and landing on her back in the road.”

Emergency services were called to the junction near Godyll Road - the main route leading through the town to the harbour - at about 11.30am.

Mrs Roden, a mother-of-two from South Beach Parade in Yarmouth, was knocked unconscious by the impact and died at the scene a short time later after paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate her.

Ms Blake said: “Mr Roden was reversing the car, under direction from Mrs Roden, and unfortunately he struck her, causing the death. She died of multiple injuries as a result of the road traffic collision.”

She added: “The black Chrysler which had struck Mrs Roden then hit two parked cars before reversing into a brick wall.”

She said that the family's grief was doubled when Mr Roden, who was taken to the James Paget University Hospital immediately after the crash, died in June.

Reading evidence from Mr Roden's GP at the inquest, Ms Blake said that Mr Roden had been suffering from Picks disease, a form of dementia, for which he had had treatment at Addenbroke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Mrs Roden, who had two grandchildren, was born and bred in Yarmouth and had worked for microtechnology company C Mac, based in South Denes, as a quality inspector.

Ms Blake recorded a verdict of accidental death resulting from multiple injuries after a road traffic collision.

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