Mum died after ‘unavoidable’ M5 collisions

Zoe Aspland. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Zoe Aspland. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary. - Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

A MOTHER-OF-FIVE, who died after driving the wrong way down the M5, was three times over the drink-drive limit, an inquest was told.

Zoe Aspland, aged 30, was killed after her Ford Ka hit four oncoming cars while heading north on the southbound carriageway between Weston and Clevedon.

She died instantly in the early hours of May 25 and a post-mortem revealed she had been drinking before setting off.

Assistant deputy coroner Peter Harrowing recorded a narrative conclusion attributing her death to a number of ‘unavoidable collisions’.

Parents Stephen and Karen Aspland paid tribute to their daughter, who lived in Yeovil.

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They said: “Zoe was a loving mother to her five children and will be sorely missed by her brother Lee and sisters Alice and Laura.”

National media reports at the time of the accident said Ms Aspland was naked while driving although police have since stressed that was not the case.

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