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A woman was tragically killed after she crashed head-on with a taxi was likely eating KFC at the wheel.
Anna Ledgar, from Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire, was on her way to work at Macclesfield Football Club when she strayed onto the wrong side of the road along the B5030 Ashbourne Road, between Uttoxeter and Rocester, shortly before 1pm on October 18.
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An inquest has heard that her car either drifted or swerved over the central white line and into the path of an oncoming Peugeot taxi.
The taxi driver, who was seriously injured, recalled a “massive bang”. The next thing he remembered was bleeding heavily and in pain.
“The collision happened on my side of the road and I had no chance at all to take evasive action,” he said in a statement.
Other motorists came to both drivers’ aid and called 999 but Anna was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat.
Paramedics took her to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where she died the following day.
The inquest heard she had suffered an "unsurvivable" traumatic brain injury.
Anna had been on the organ donor register and her final act was to donate her organs to help save the lives of six other people.
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Greg, who lived with Anna, had been intending to propose to her.
In a heartbreaking moment with Anna laying in her hospital bed, he arranged for a vicar to give a blessing and placed a ring on her finger.
The couple had spent the day before the crash enjoying a "perfect Sunday".
Anna had only recently been headhunted by Macclesfield FC to become the club’s gym manager and was due to work a late shift on October 18.
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Greg got up first at 6.30am and left for work, kissing goodbye to Anna as she remained in bed. “She walked the dogs before going to work,” he said.
At 2.30pm, he got a call to say she’d been involved in an accident and was in hospital.
Greg said he had "never known" Anna to eat or drink while driving. She had also taken food with her to eat later that day, so he was surprised to hear she had called at KFC.
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Another driver, approaching from the opposite direction, had to veer onto the grass verge to avoid a collision with Anna’s car. In her rear view mirror, she then saw the crash and described one of the vehicles "going up in the air".
Acting South Staffordshire senior coroner Andrew Barkley said it "suggests very strongly" that Anna was eating at the time of the crash. He concluded that the death was due to a road traffic collision.
Paying tribute after her death, heartbroken Greg said: “Anna was just an amazing person. All she ever wanted was the best for people. She wanted to help people achieve their goals – in the gym or just in life.”
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