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Rippingale drink-driver was more than three times over the limit, inquest hears

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A woman was over three times the drink-drive limit when her car collided head-on with another motorist on the A15 at Haconby, east of Grantham, an inquest heard.

Pamela Jill Bayliss, 72, of High Street, Rippingale, died on December 17 last year, when her blue Mini was involved in a head-on collision with a silver Audi A3, driven by a 62-year-old man from Morton, near Bourne, at about 11am.

Paul Smith, area coroner for Lincolnshire, gave a verdict of death by road traffic collision at her inquest, which was held at Boston Coroner’s Court on Tuesday.

Inquest report (10996898)
Inquest report (10996898)

“The most likely explanation was the level of alcohol which Mrs Bayliss had consumed,” he

“It was a very high reading.

“Clearly Mrs Bayliss should not have been anywhere near the driving seat.

“That is the single greatest factor in this collision.

“The cause of her death was a road traffic collision.”

He also offered his sympathies to the family, who were present.

A toxicology report said that Mrs Bayliss, who worked as a tutor, had 296 milligrammes of ethanol to 100 millilitres of blood, when the legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

Toxicologist Dr Paul Smith said in written evidence: “The readings showed that the deceased had consumed a significant amount of ethanol prior to death.”

The inquest heard that Mrs Bayliss was driving southbound on the A15 towards

A witness to the crash noticed Mrs Bayliss had veered off the road onto the verge twice before the collision with the Audi.

The Audi driver, who was travelling in the opposite direction, said he had slowed down because of a queue of slow moving traffic and became aware of the Mini driven by Bayliss at the last minute.

Another witness who was travelling behind the Audi said it had happened in a ‘split second’ and the Audi driver would not have been able to avoid the

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