Tragic motorist died after suffering blood clot behind the wheel

Scene of the collision on the A583 Kirkham bypass

Scene of the collision on the A583 Kirkham bypass

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A motorist died from major injuries to his head, neck and chest when the car he was driving collided with a tree, an inquest heard.

John Antony Flitcroft, 62, suffered a form of blood clot near an artery close to his heart which caused him to lose control of his blue MG car in Kirkham in November last year, Blackpool Coroner’s Court was told.

His car drove across the A583 bypass between Dowbridge and Freckleton Street, near Kirkham, narrowly missing oncoming traffic before hitting a tree at speeds of between 30 to 35mph, according to police.

Mr Flitcroft was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner Alan Wilson was told the former self-employed bedroom fitter had been at Ribby Hall Village in Wrea Green and was driving to his home in Clifton, before the 
accident happened around 8pm on November 25.

Pathologist Mark Sissons said the 62-year-old had died from multiple skull fractures, a fracture to the neck, damage to his brain and chest injuries.

But after investigating 
further he found a blood clot near Mr Flitcroft’s heart.

He added: “Above the 
coronary artery there was a blood clot present.

“When someone has something like this it can cause sudden death, chest pain, cause them to collapse or cause them to become unwell.”

PC Richard Harrison of Blackpool Road Policing said there were no obvious signs why Mr Flitcroft had lost 
control on the busy A-road.

He added: “Either the 
driver overcompensated for an 
unexpected movement or there was an involuntary loss of 
control due to a medical 
episode, as the pathologist 
suggested.”