Popular charity worker crashed and died while over limit
10:27am Wednesday 16th December 2009
A POPULAR charity worker was over the drink drive limit when she crashed her car and died on a Hampshire road, an inquest heard.
Lucie Attwood, 32, was killed when her VW Golf smashed into a tree at Old Stoke Road, Stoke Charity.
Winchester Coroner’s Court heard how the mum-oftwo had shared about three bottles of wine with a friend the night before the accident.
The following morning she drove back to her family home in Springvale Road, Kings Worthy, before arguing with her husband for meeting their children late.
She then got back in her car and drove off without saying where she was going before crashing at 8.43am on March 13. The mobile hairdresser died three days later at Southampton General Hospital.
Pathologist Dr Hugh White told the inquest that her blood alcohol level two hours after the accident was 85mg per 100ml of blood, just over the legal limit of 80mg. He estimated that at the time of the accident it could have been as high as 125mg. She also had the anti-depressant drug Prozac in her bloodstream.
Hampshire Coroner Grahame Short recorded a verdict of accidental death.
He said: “This was an accidental death by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and not paying attention.”