A PENSIONER was killed after her Peugeot supermini hit a petrol tanker as she did a U-turn on a country lane.
Maria Hildagard Blazejewizc, of Tarvin Road, Littleton, near Vicars Cross, died the day after her 72nd birthday.
The former nurse stopped at a slip road waiting on Gordon Lane, Backford, at the junction on to Whitby Lane, the A5032.
Petrol tanker driver Paul Simpson, from Warrington, was driving from Stanlow towards Chester at about 11.45am on Saturday, June 16, when the accident happened.
He noticed the yellow Peugeot 107 about 400 yards ahead, stopped and indicating right.
When the tanker was almost level the car pulled out, smashing into it.
The impact happened behind the driver’s side door of the small car and both vehicles came to a halt about 60 metres down the road.
An ambulance driver, taking an elderly passenger to their house in Ellesmere Port from the Countess of Chester hospital along the A41, went to help after witnessing the incident.
Coroner Janet Napier said: “The cause of death was due to a head injury.”
The car, which had done about 800 miles, was badly damaged and the brake pedal had been forced across to the passenger side of the car.
Verdict: Death by misadventure.