Tragic motorist dazzled by sun

Police and recovery vehicles at the scene
Police and recovery vehicles at the scene
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A MOTORIST was dazzled by the sun and died when his car ploughed into the back of a stationary trailer, an inquest has heard.

Car boot sale enthusiast Leonard Robinson was declared dead at the scene following the horrific crash on the A583 Kirkham Bypass on August 15 last year.

The 63-year-old, of Woodstock Gardens, South Shore, was not wearing a seat belt and swerved too late to miss the trailer, which was attached to a stationary tractor.

A large amount of car boot sale items were in the boot of the car which added to the pressure on Mr Robinson’s chest when it was thrown forward.

The inquest, at Blackpool Town Hall, described how the sun had been low in overhanging trees causing a “flickering” of the light.

The trailer, which was in the left hand lane with its hazard lights on, had a mesh frame filled with grass cuttings making it difficult to see, according to other drivers at the scene.

The impact caused the airbag in his Vauxhall Corsa to deploy and Mr Robinson suffered massive internal injuries including 14 broken ribs, a punctured lung and a tear to his liver.

Multiple organ trauma was given as the cause of death.

Deputy coroner Christopher Beverley recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “He must have been affected by the flickering sunlight.

“His reaction was to swerve, but it may be a fatal collision could have been avoided if he braked, not swerved.

“He was also not wearing a seatbelt and had a lot of car boot material in the back which may explain why his seat was so far forward.

“Airbags are there for protection but the explosion when they deploy, especially when close to the steering wheel, can have the opposite effect, especially when the seatbelt isn’t on.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions.”