Bangor nurse Gemma Pasague Adran died after her partner’s car was plowed into by runaway drunk driver Sara Jones, who also died from her injuries, last month
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A driver who caused the crash that killed a nurse was more than three times the legal limit for drink driving, an inquest in Caernarfon has heard.
Gemma Pasague Adran tragically died when her Honda Civic, driven by her partner Warren Culaton, was hit by a Seat Leon with Sara Anest Jones at the wheel, who later died in hospital from her injuries.
Ms Jones had left a note saying ‘sorry’ in a rucksack in her car, which a witness at the inquiry said ‘appeared to have taken a sharp right turn’ on the A4087 between Faenol and Bangor roundabout in Gwynedd on March 30. March last year, he reports North Wales Live.
The inquest found that although Ms Jones had mental health issues, she had denied having had suicidal thoughts on all but one occasion in the years prior to the collision.
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A full inquest into the death of Ms Adran, 32, a popular nurse who originated in the Philippines and lived in Bangor, was opened in Caernarfon on Wednesday (May 25). An assistant coroner concluded that she died as a result of a traffic accident.
Mrs Jones, from Corwen, was hospitalized after the crash and died in Stoke two days later. An inquest into her death is expected to take place in Stoke next month.
On Wednesday, Assistant North West Wales Coroner, Sarah Riley, heard that Ms Adran, the passenger in the Honda Civic, and her partner Warren Culaton had both finished a shift in Porthmadog and were heading home to Bangor.
They had grown up in the Philippines, met at work in Saudi Arabia and moved to Gwynedd.
Witness Sarah Hicks was driving her Fiat car towards Bangor on the night of the accident and was behind Ms Adrans Honda at 9:10pm.
She said in a statement: “As we exited the roundabout I saw really bright headlights on the oncoming lane. A car was going very fast. Suddenly it looked like he had made a sharp right onto the Honda Civic.
“The impact of the cars seemed to explode into hundreds of pieces, which in turn showered my car. I was shocked.
“Without a doubt, the driver of the blue car was solely to blame for this collision, as he was driving far too fast.”
Carwen Williams, Ms Hicks’ co-driver, added: “It appeared that it (the blue Seat car) lost control and went straight into the car in front.”
The investigation found Tesco delivery driver Peter Milburn pulled over and helped direct emergency services to the scene. He said: “The vehicle (blue seat) was definitely going in excess of 60 mph.”
The force of the impact was so great that the Seat’s engine was ripped out of its mounts and landed on its side. The Honda was also badly damaged.
A paramedic pronounced Ms Adran dead at the scene. Mr Culaton sustained serious injuries but survived and was at the inquest. Ms Jones was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd and transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where she died two days later.
At the inquest, Ms Jones’ family, through a lawyer, said they “deeply regret” the loss of Ms Adran. Her attorney, Richard Ottley, said there were bottles of wine in the car and a note reading “sorry” in a backpack, but also indicated the cause of the accident was ultimately unknown.
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Mr Ottley told the inquest that it could have been due to Ms Jones’ excessive speed, her poor driving, an animal on the road or a “deliberate act”.
Forensic collision investigator Gavin Davies said investigations found Ms Jones was three times over the alcohol limit, with a reading of 277 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.
He said footage showed she “appeared to struggle with spatial awareness” and had to brake several times before crashing.
But he said: “I cannot determine why Ms Jones pulled into the oncoming lane. There was no reason that would explain this movement.
“I would conclude that the most likely cause of the collision was human actions by Ms Jones due to her intoxication.”
Questioned by Mr Ottley, he accepted that he could not say poisoning was the “probable” explanation. Asked whether it could have been an intentional act by Ms Jones, investigator Mr Davies said he “could neither confirm nor deny”.
Mr Culaton, who had been with his partner for five years and was an assistant manager at Meddyg Care in Porthmadog, described the moments after the crash.
He said: “I called out ‘honey’ but I couldn’t wake her. I lost my partner. Maybe she was taken because she was more of an angel.
“I don’t want to blame the other person, but they took everything from me. I hope she finds peace too. I’m sure she didn’t want any of this.”
Mr Culaton, who is also a nurse, added that Ms Adran’s father Geronimo Adran, known as Gerry, cries every time his late daughter’s name is mentioned.
Assistant Medical Examiner Sarah Riley determined that Ms Adran had died from severe chest trauma and multiple skeletal injuries. She concluded that her death was due to a traffic accident.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/note-saying-sorry-found-car-27068356 Note reading 'Sorry' found in a drunk driver's car after an accident that killed her and the nurse