A pensioner with Parkinson’s disease “drifted” her car into oncoming traffic killing herself, her five-year-old grandson and two other drivers, an inquest heard.Margaretta Jones and little Ned died when her silver Vauxhall Agila slammed head first into a red Seat Leon. The driver of the Seat, Steve Alford, 57, survived the crash but his mum Vida Alford, 86, and wife Gillian Alford, 58, both died at the scene.
Margaretta Jones, 77, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011 and was on a series of medications to treat the disease, but had been cleared to drive by the DVLA.
Ned was in reception class at Ysgol Gymraeg, Aberystwyth. His father, former Aberystwyth rugby player Bleddyn Jones and his mother, Sharon, both attended the inquest. The hearing had to be adjourned for a short while after Mrs Jones was overcome with grief as crash investigator Sgt Shane Barry Davies gave evidence.
Coroner Andrew Barkley said that while it was possible for the drugs she was taking to have caused her to lose consciousness and her car to drift onto the wrong side of the road, there was no evidence to suggest she was suffering any such side effects. He delivered a verdict of death by road traffic collision on all four deaths.