Father died while on way to uncle’s funeral

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A 42-year-old dad was killed instantly while driving to his uncle’s funeral, a inquest heard this week.

Former Rugby resident Ronald Allford, a father of three, had recently moved to Evesham and was expecting another child with his partner Sally-Ann Tarver.

The musician died on April 20 this year when he was involved in a head-on collision along the Fosse Way. The other driver, 81-year-old Michael Warren of Wellesbourne, died around two hours after the crash, in University Hospital, Coventry.

The accident happened on the bridge over the M40 on ythe B4455 route.

During the inquest, held at the Justice Centre in Leamington on Monday, Tom Leeper, assistant deputy coroner for Warwickshire, heard how Mr Warren did not react in time to a Ford C-Max that had slowed down to make a right turn. In avoiding the Ford he veered into the opposite lane and collided with Mr Allford’s Volkswagen.

Both cars were well within the speed limit.

The driver of the Ford C-Max was unhurt.

Adrian Stevens, Warwickshire Police’s senior forensic collision investigator, said both cars had sustained a “massive impact”.

“The driver of the Honda [Mr Warren] did not have time to take effective action when he saw the C-Max. Both cars sustained massive contact damage. It’s not known what speeds both cars were going, but according to witnesses the Honda was travelling at around 40 miles per hour, and the Volkswagen at around 45 or 50 miles per hour.”

Pathology reports said Mr Allford suffered multiple injuries but was killed instantly due to a spinal fracture.

The driver of the Ford C-Max, Geoffrey Thorpe, whose actions did not contribute to the accident, said: “I saw the car coming up behind me and I took evasive action to get out of the way. There was a horrendous crashing noise as the two cars came together.”

Mr Leeper recorded a verdict of natural causes for both deaths.