Doting dad killed in Washington crash could have lost control of car when he sneezed, inquest hears

A doting dad who tragically died in a automotive crash in Sunderland might have misplaced management of his automobile when he sneezed, an inquest heard.

Tom Dixon, 30, from Seaham, died on November 1 following a one-vehicle collision on the A1231 close to to Washington Academy.

His black-coloured Citroen DS3 was travelling on the eastbound carriageway when it then left the highway, went down the grass verge and collided with bushes and fencing earlier than coming to relaxation in a discipline.

Emergency providers attended the incident however tragically Tom was pronounced no longer alive on the scene.

An inquest into his demise on Thursday heard how Tom was speaking on the cellphone by Bluetooth in his automotive on the time of the crash.

Referring to a police report, Senior Coroner Derek Winter stated: “Information confirmed that Tom had been on the phone on Bluetooth on the time. A witness described the way of driving and it didn’t trigger the officer any concern.

“He described how Tom’s automobile veered left in the direction of the highway signal.

“The one that had been on the decision with Tom signifies that there was nothing out of the atypical. Tom stated: ‘Two secs’ after which they heard a sound like a sneeze adopted by Tom screaming and plenty of banging and crashing.”

The witness then noticed Tom’s automobile hit the kerb and journey by the air earlier than going out of sight.

The inquest heard how a sneeze can final three seconds and eyes may very well be closed for a second to a second and a half.

Research exhibits that sneezing and shutting your eyes whereas driving might have “severe penalties” and infrequently results in an episode that’s involuntary and unconscious.

A automotive travelling at 70mph for 3 seconds can journey 90 metres, the inquest additionally heard.

In a police report, it was confirmed that there have been no mechanical defects with the automobile that contributed to the collision and no different automobiles or individuals have been concerned.

Police additionally stated the climate was nice however the highway was damp and there have been considerations that Tom had aquaplaned however there was no proof of that.

Tom Dixon with dad Paul

A autopsy revealed the reason for demise as a blunt head harm and a toxicology report confirming cocaine was present in his blood.

As a results of the collision, Tom suffered a cranium fracture and had fractured bones in each forearms which have been according to him bracing his arms throughout the impression.

The coroner then went on to learn out the conclusion from a police officer which stated: “It’s my opinion that on the time of the collision Tom Dixon had taken cocaine.

“My opinion on the first explanation for the collision is driver error by the affect of cocaine or sneezing which triggered a lack of management of the automobile.”

His heartbroken household beforehand paid tribute to Tom, who was dad to Marshall and Evelyn.

Tom, who beforehand labored at British Gas and Nissan earlier than becoming a member of DPD, additionally leaves behind mother and father Jan and Paul, sister Katie-Jayne, grandparents Audrey and John and niece and goddaughter Ophelia-Jayne.

They stated on the time: “Tom was a bigger than life character with such an enormous coronary heart who had time for everybody, his household his mates or a stranger on the street.

“A lovable younger man who had a superb sense of humour with a loud thunder-like giggle that made everybody smile and boy did he have a smile.

“A large amongst males who was unbelievably caring to everybody which in these present occasions in a world that may be unkind he was variety to everybody no matter who they have been or their background.

“He has life lengthy mates quite a bit from nursery, main college, senior college, proper so far as an grownup. He met new individuals and made nice mates frequently.

“His mates have been all the time loyal and all can see cherished him dearly and actually have been his second household.

Tom Dixon, from Seaham, who has died following a one vehicle collision in Washington
Tom Dixon, from Seaham, who has died following a one automobile collision in Washington

“He had a ardour for the nice outside, exploring on his bike and took nice pleasure in capturing lovely photos together with his digicam.

“His precedence was household, lovely son to Jan and Paul, protecting brother to Katie-Jayne, loving grandson to Audrey and John, and devoted uncle and godfather to Ophelia-Jayne, however no extra so than his youngsters Marshall and Evelyn who he adored.

“They have been the sunshine of his life, his every little thing, his world, we as household and mates will be sure that they’re conscious of what a good looking soul he was. Our attractive, attractive boy.”

A Just Giving web page was additionally arrange following his sudden demise with the group elevating nearly £6,000.

Senior Coroner Derek Winter concluded that Tom Dixon died on account of a highway site visitors collision and stated he was “very unhappy about Tom’s passing”.



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