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Accidental death verdict after Holsworthy car crash kills Rebecca Hogg

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By Will Topps

Coroner

AN administrator died an accidental death in a car crash, an inquest has ruled.

Rebecca Dawn Hogg, 32, died on February 13 last year, after being involved in a crash on the A3072 near Holsworthy.

Miss Hogg had been coming around Beaconsfield corner, heading for Holsworthy, after finishing work but appeared to lose control and crashed into an oncoming Audi A6.

A toxicology analysis of Miss Hogg's blood after the accident revealed she had not been under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Coroner John Tomalin recorded his verdict of accidental death at Bideford Town Hall last Wednesday after hearing evidence from a crash investigator and the driver of the Audi.

Mark Ohlsen, a chartered accountant, had been heading home from work in his blue Audi A6 and described the moment he saw Miss Hogg's Citroen Saxo travelling towards him.

He said: "I had left work early to collect some flowers as it was Valentine's Day the next day.

"I took my usual route home and it was an uneventful drive."

But Mr Ohlsen then rounded a left-hand bend and caught sight of Miss Hogg's car.

"I thought, 'that car's going fast'," he said. "She was motoring. As the car left the bend I saw the back end kick out. She stayed on the right side of the road but it kicked out a second time.

"I knew the driver had lost control."

Mr Ohlsen, who came through the accident without serious injury, braked and swerved as Miss Hogg's car rotated clockwise before he slammed head-on into her passenger door, tearing the Citroen almost in two.

When Mr Ohlsen came round he was not sure where the other car was, but noticed it behind him as he got out of his car.

After rushing to it he found a local farmer who had heard the crash and rushed to the scene. The farmer told him Miss Hogg was dead.

Police crash investigator PC Gary Looker described the damage caused to Miss Hogg's car as "totally catastrophic".

"The front and rear of the vehicle were completely separated but for a small strip of metal," he said.

PC Looker gave a detailed analysis of the crash which matched Mr Ohlsen's version of events, although some analysis was not possible as the scene had been contaminated by other traffic.

After Mr Tomalin recorded his verdict Miss Hogg's father, Kevin Hogg, said his daughter has been sadly missed by all her family and friends.

He said: "We've been devastated by this."

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