Cirencester van driver describes M5 crash that killed woman, 24

A VAN driver from Cirencester has described how a woman who tried to overtake him on the M5 lost control of her vehicle and fatally crashed.

On Tuesday an inquest heard how Sorina Gheorghe, from Worcester, had been attempting to overtake Benjamin Brady’s van and trailer but misjudged the manoeuvre before swerving back into the left lane and panicking as she tried to correct her car at around 5.40am on April 3.

Miss Gheorghe, 24, braked sharply and jolted the steering wheel quickly one way and then the other, causing her Peugeot 206 hatchback to swerve off into lanes two and three between J5 and 4A northbound. As a result, a Land Rover Discovery crashed head-on into the side of Miss Gheorghe’s car before both vehicles ran into lane four and the 4×4 hit the central reservation barrier.

Mr Brady, an engineer from Cirencester, who had been travelling to Chester in his van and towing a trailer, told the inquest there had been a light fog prior to the crash and “visibility was marginally reduced”.

However, this cleared quickly but Miss Gheorghe’s rear fog lights remained on which “dazzled me” and he flashed his headlights to try to get her to turn them off, as did other cars.

He said as the Peugeot had attempted to overtake him: “I remember saying, ‘wow, don’t do that!’”.

Mr Brady said that after the failed overtake, he saw from his wing mirror Miss Gheorghe’s car “suddenly start to move” towards the trailer without indicating and just missed hitting it, before swerving back into lane one and then losing control.

Assistant coroner Simon Charlton concluded she had died from multiple injuries as a result of the collision.

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