THE family of a woman killed in a head-on collision have challenged the coroner’s verdict.
Relatives of Lynda Williams, 45, of Frodsham, are also seeking damages from the insurers of the other motorist, 19-year-old Jamie Davidson from Elton, who was also killed in the horrific smash last December.
Security officer Mr Davidson had just left his girlfriend Ellis Wainwright’s Frodsham home and was heading to work at a construction site in Chester. He and Ellis had been planning to get engaged in the New Year.
Ms Williams was heading home when identical twin Mr Davidson, travelling in the opposite direction, lost control of his MG ZR sports car as he overtook another vehicle, a Chester inquest heard.
Both were pronounced dead on arrival at the Countess of Chester Hospital following the collision on the A56 Chester Road, Helsby, close to Helsby High School, about 10.25pm on Friday, December 14. Neither driver was wearing their seatbelt.
Describing the case as “very sad”, Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg recorded verdicts of misadventure in both cases.
Members of the Williams family said afterwards they were unhappy with the verdict given as Mr Davidson, of Dove Close, Elton, was on the wrong side of the road, or at least straddling the middle, and may have exceeded the 60mph speed limit.
Daughter Georgina Spencer, of Wallasey, accepted Mr Davidson “didn’t mean to do it” but believes a verdict of unlawful killing would have be more appropriate.
Solicitor David Dutton, representing the Williams family, said after the hearing: “We are bringing a civil claim and we are in negotiations with the insurer of Mr Davidson.
“A claim has been brought and hopefully there will be a settlement. The evidence shows the accident was his fault.”