|Martin Smith collapsed at the wheel of his car which then crashed (Picture: Cascade News)|
A grandfather died when he crashed into a brick wall after fainting from laughter, an inquest has heard. Martin Smith, 58, was joking with his brother, Terence, who was in the passenger seat of his Mercedes in Dartford, Kent.
Terence, who was seriously injured in the collision, told the inquest that he tried to get control of the car, but was unable to stop it hitting the wall in October. He described Martin as being ‘loved by everyone’ during the inquest last week.
Terence said: ‘We were having a laugh – then he was trying to catch his breath as if he was choking with his laughter.
|Martin Smith’s brother was also seriously injured in the collision (Picture: Cascade News)|
‘I had never seen him do it before. I called out his name but received no response – he was not in control of the car. Because it was an automatic and the handbrake is by the driver’s foot I could not get it to break. The speed of the car got faster and I was struggling trying to steer it to avoid traffic in the other direction.’
The inquest at Gravesend’s Old Town Hall heard on Wednesday that Martin was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of his death. Giving a verdict of road traffic collision, the coroner said Martin died after suffering multiple severe head injuries.
After the inquest Terrence said: ‘My brother was loved by everyone – he would do everything he could to help everybody. ‘He was a very modest man – he didn’t have any enemies. He was an avid Arsenal FC supporter – the club paid tribute to him too.’
- Metro, UK