No answers for family about why teenager crashed car in fatal accident

Fiona Braidwood.

Fiona Braidwood. - Credit: Sub

The reason why a 17-year-old girl crashed her car in a fatal accident near Weston-super-Mare will never be known, an inquest has heard.

Memorials laid on Wolvershill Rd at the site of Fiona Braidwood's fatal car accident.

Memorials laid on Wolvershill Rd at the site of Fiona Braidwood's fatal car accident. - Credit: Archant

Fiona Braidwood, who was planning to start at university next month, died of severe head injuries after losing control of her car in Wolvershill Road, between West Wick and Banwell.

Fiona was travelling home from her lifeguarding job at Weston’s Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, when she lost control of her car, which spun and hit a fence.

An inquest at Avon Coroners’ Court heard how she had not taken drugs or alcohol, and there was no evidence she had been on her mobile phone or been speeding.

Although it rained prior to the crash on March 30, there was no evidence this had caused the incident, her car had no defects and she did not have a health condition.

Memorials laid on Wolvershill Rd at the site of Fiona Braidwood's fatal car accident.

Memorials laid on Wolvershill Rd at the site of Fiona Braidwood's fatal car accident. - Credit: Archant

Assistant coroner Peter Harrowing said: “While the cause does remain unsatisfactory for her parents, family and friends, the evidence means we shall never know how the incident occurred.”


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Fiona’s parents have set up an educational bursary at Durham University, where Fiona was due to start studying geography in September.

It will support young people who get into financial hardship who want to continue into higher education.

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