A MOTHER-OF-FOUR died from multiple injuries after a BMW skidded into her car, an inquest heard.
Helen Leigh was driving in Bradford Road, between at Whitegate and Winsford, when her car was struck by the vehicle driven by Dassos Morby, from Sutton Coldfield.
Mrs Leigh's eldest son, Jodie, was in the car with her but escaped with minor injuries.
The 46-year-old special needs teacher was taking him to Winsford railway station in her white Citroen AX when the collision happened by a bridge near Winsford Salt Mine, on December 12, last year.
The inquest at Crewe was told Mr Morby did not own the BMW. He had been dropping it off with its new owner on behalf of the second-hand car garage where he was employed. A colleague, Robert Jackson, was following him in a second car.
Mrs Leigh was a teacher at Greenbank Residential School in Hartford, and had previously worked at Barnton Primary School. She lived in Smithy Lane, Gorstage, with husband Jeffrey, a retired musician.
She was taken to Leighton Hospital but died the same day of multiple injuries.
Mr Morby told police he was unfamiliar with the road and had been following directions from a satellite navigation system.
An interview with him at Northwich Police Station, on March 9, was read out at the hearing.
In it he said: 'As I entered the bend, which I now know swoops down to the side, the car didn't react to me turning the steering wheel. It was then I saw the Citroen.
'I was sliding towards it. Then the airbag went off in my face and we were both off the road.
'Rob pulled up next to us and tried to open my door. Then he noticed the driver in the Citroen didn't look very well.
'I got out of the car and phoned the emergency services. It was raining very heavily.'
Mr Morby also told the officer he had been driving at 35 to 40mph all the way from the roundabout near de.bees nightclub up to the crash site, just before a single lane bridge.
Asked why he braked before the bend if he was only doing 35 to 40mph, he said: 'No idea. It has gone through my head a thousand times since that day.'
Asked if, at any point during the journey, was he racing with Mr Jackson, he replied, 'No'.
Jodie Leigh, of Stanthorne Avenue, Crewe, was a passenger in his mother's car. He said: 'We got over the bridge and we had just come into the start of the bend and saw the BMW coming round the corner.
'It was coming at a fast speed. I shouted something and mum tried to turn away but it was too late. The BMW hit us. It was definitely going too fast for the bend.'
PC Michael Baddley, from the Police Collision Investigation Unit based in Winsford, said: 'The marks on the road show the Citroen was pushed back against its original direction. The BMW continued in the same direction of travel. The range of speed was between 36 and 48mph. Loss of control was inevitable.'
Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said: 'The purpose of this inquest is not to establish blame.
'I am satisfied that was not an intentional outcome, and I can describe the occurrence as an accident.'
Dassos Morby will appear before Vale Royal magistrates on Monday on a charge of driving without due care and attention.