Driver misjudged junction - inquest hears

A YOUNG woman who died in a three-car crash had driven across a junction without stopping, an inquest heard last Thursday. The hearing at Huntingdon Law Courts was told that Rebecca Cepeda, 26, from The Osiers, Buckden, was driving in dark, foggy and wet

A YOUNG woman who died in a three-car crash had driven across a junction without stopping, an inquest heard last Thursday.

The hearing at Huntingdon Law Courts was told that Rebecca Cepeda, 26, from The Osiers, Buckden, was driving in dark, foggy and wet conditions in Toseland at 5.15pm on November 3 last year.

Her red Nissan Micra hatchback hit a Land Rover, and the two cars then collided with a Ford Fiesta, after Ms Cepeda drove from Toseland Road into Toseland High Street without stopping.

The other drivers were unhurt but Miss Cepeda died instantly.

Witness Charles Pittom from Buckden told the inquest he was following the Land Rover from Yelling to Toseland and saw another car shoot "straight out" and hit the Land Rover.

"The car that came from the right seemed to be at a constant speed," he said.

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Gordon Dingwall, from Huntingdon, the driver of the Land Rover, was on his way to Kimbolton when the accident happened. "I didn't have time to avoid the car, it hit my side. It happened so quickly. I spun round in the road and then got out."

The driver of the Fiesta, Graeme Hubbard, from Offord D'Arcy, said: "I don't remember anything coming towards me at all. I was just hit by something and spun round facing the way I had come, in a ditch."

Recording a verdict of accidental death, assistant deputy coroner Dr Sam Bass said: "There was no fault on the part of the driver of the Land Rover or the Fiesta, both were driving in a correct manner. Rebecca misjudged the junction. She missed the sign and that led her into the path of the Land Rover.

"It is a tragedy. We may never know why Rebecca did not stop. Her death was instant and she would have been unaware what happened.

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