Frustration for grieving family as search for mystery car goes on
A LENGTHY police investigation failed to find a mystery car which is thought to have contributed to a road accident in which a Lutterworth man died.
Dean Spalding was killed in the smash on the A4304 between Husbands Bosworth and North Kilworth, in December 2010, along with a female passenger in another vehicle, Rudolfne Meszaros (57).
An inquest into both deaths was held at Leicester Town Hall on Wednesday, February 8.
The inquest heard how Rudolf Meszaros, from Derbyshire, was driving towards North Kilworth after shopping in Corby when he was overtaken by a VW Golf which pulled in close in front of him.
Speaking to the court in Hungarian, through an interpreter, Mr Meszaros said he was forced to swerve his car to avoid hitting the back of the Golf – but this took him into the path of 27-year-old Mr Spalding, who had been driving to Market Harborough to buy Christmas presents.
The accident killed warehouse worker Mr Spalding and Mr Meszaros’s wife Rudolfne.
Detective Nicholas Bryan told the inquest that despite a lengthy investigation, the white or silver Golf has never been found.
The search involved checking CCTV cameras at premises along the A4304 (see picture), and in Harborough and Lutterworth and along the M1, as well as sending letters to drivers of the same type of vehicles in neighbouring counties to ask them of their whereabouts.
A witness, Russell Strupish, who came across the accident seconds after it had happened, said he had been overtaken moments earlier by a Golf which was travelling very quickly, so much so that he commented to his passenger that the driver of the Golf was ‘an idiot’.
Another witness, Thomas McNamara, travelling towards Husbands Bosworth but waiting to turn right into Station Road near North Kilworth marina, heard the crash and said he looked up to see a ‘possibly silver’ vehicle driving towards him.
Members of Mr Spalding’s family queried whether Mr Meszaros could have braked to avoid the collision instead of swerving. However, he said there was no way he could have braked in time.
Coroner Lydia Brown recorded a verdict of accidental death for both victims of the crash.
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Spalding’s parents Anne and Roy said: “We feel it is unfair for Dean – we know the accident had nothing to do with him.
“If the driver of the Golf had come forward it would have helped no end and we have tried many times to appeal for them to come forward.
“We would still ask for whoever it is to come forward, even if it only to clarify exactly what happened.”
“We don’t blame the coroner or the police because they have done everything they can.
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