Tyre burst led to fatal crash

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A Halifax-born lawyer died in a tragic accident when a tyre on her car burst while she was driving.

Diane Lawton (nee Wheelwright), who lived in Dubai, died on August 27, 2011.

Halifax Coroners Court was told Dubai police officers attended the incident when the tyre burst caused the 41-year-old’s car to flip and crash into a side barrier.

A post mortem at Calderdale Royal Hospital found the cause of death was multiple injuries consistent to those in a road traffic accident.

Coroner Peter Straker recorded a verdict of accidental death.

“Because of the location of the incident I can’t open conduct a full inquest. We can’t find out why the vehicle had a blow out or if anyone was at fault.

“Under the circumstances there is one verdict which can be properly returned and that is accidental death.”

Ms Lawton was brought-up in Halifax but her family have since left the area.