Woman died in Cwmfelinfach crash after she lost control of car - inquest

South Wales Argus: DIED: Joanne Louise Jones DIED: Joanne Louise Jones

A YOUNG woman died after she lost control of her car on a Valleys road, an inquest heard.

Joanne Jones, 23, suffered injuries to her brain after her car hit two lamp-posts on the B4251 at Cwmfelinfach on February 10 this year.

Gwent Coroner's Court, sitting in Newport, heard that her car most likely suffered a sudden and unexpected over-steer as she came around a bend on the road.

The court heard that Ms Jones was driving her Peugeot 206 after she and her boyfriend Kiaran Short, who was a passenger, left a party in Ynysddu at around 10.40pm.

Mr Short told the courtroom that Ms Jones, who worked at Frontier Medical Products in Pontllanfraith, wanted to get a "bottle of pop".

"She always loved driving, and never stayed in one place too long," he said.

The court heard the journey was uneventful, but as they negotiated a bend the rear of the car kicked out towards its near side.

Despite efforts by Ms Jones to regain control it hit two lamp-posts.

Mr Short told the court he managed to get out of the car, which was on its side, and that members of the public stopped to help.

The fire service removed the roof to extract Ms Jones.

PC Dean Burnett told the court that there was "nothing wrong with the road" and there were no defects with the vehicle that would have caused or contributed to the incident.

He agreed that the only real explanation was that a "lift-off over-steer", which can occur when a driver lifts off the accelerator while negotiating a corner, took place.

The inquest heard from her father, Maynard Jones, that Ms Jones was a safe driver.

A consultant pathologist found no alcohol in her blood stream.

The court heard Ms Jones, from Aberbargoed, died of her head injuries.

Gwent coroner David Bowen recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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