News: Family pays tribute to loving grandad but asks why no-one told them he’d been in crash until hours later

News: Family pays tribute to loving grandad but asks why no-one told them he’d been in crash until hours later

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The step-daughter of a man who died after his car hit a lorry on the A17 has spoken fondly about the popular grandad and his keen sense of fun and laughter.

But Roger Malcolm Stevens’ family say they were angry and upset that no-one told them about the 2pm crash until hours later.

The police did not contact his relatives to say he had been in a crash and they only found out what had happened when an insurance company called at about 8pm, an inquest in Lincoln heard.

Mr Stevens, from Forest Town, Mansfield, was driving his Toyota Hilux back home after a day’s birdwatching when the crash happened near the Holdingham Roundabout on March 27 this year.

The grandad, who worked in the cement industry, died on his 75th birthday just after 1am the following day on March 28.

Speaking after the inquest, step-daughter Karen Proctor, 47, told Lincolnshire Live: “He was a very active man and he loved birdwatching, butterflies and orchids.

“He’d been birdwatching in the USA and Canada and his favourite football team was Sheffield Wednesday – the Owls.

“He had a strange sense of humour. He would say to someone: ‘Touch this.’ and it would be an electric fence.

“He was quite old-fashioned and straight-talking and you knew where you stood with him.

“He wasn’t one to make a fuss.”

The inquest was told Mr Stevens collided with the back of a lorry at about 45mph and then hit a metal barrier.

Roger Stevens

Lincoln Coroner’s Court heard he was seen slumped at the wheel moments before he hit the Scania lorry before coming to a stop with his door jammed against a barrier on the central reservation.

Emergency services helped him from the car two to three steps to a stretcher and he was taken by land ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital.

The cause of death was haemorrhage from fractures and COPD and heart disease.

His injuries were not apparent to medics who examined him at the crash scene and were only fully diagnosed at hospital.

But his underlying medical conditions meant he probably would not have survived surgery.

He is survived by wife of 25 years Amy, son Scott, step-daughter Karen Proctor and grandchildren Jake, Molly, Lizzie and Charlie.

Grandson Charlie Proctor said he first realised what had happened when he saw a story on Lincolnshire Live.

He told the inquest: “Granddad had gone birdwatching but he was never usually out later than 3pm or 4pm.

“He was always home for his tea. By 7pm we were concerned about this whereabouts.

“I searched ‘crash’ and ‘Lincoln’ online and at about 8pm I found an image of his smashed up Toyota.

“I was looking for any collisions that had occurred in Nottinghamshire or surrounding counties.

“What greeted me was a story on the Lincolnshire Echo’s website.

“At about the same time my grandmother Amy got a phone call from the insurance company asking if it was ok to pass the call through to A&E.

“I found out just how serious it was at about 10.30pm.”

The inquest also heard that Mr Stevens had been wrongly named as Robert Stevenson on his hospital wristband.

Mr Proctor said: “How could they have got the wrong person and told their wife that her husband had died?  That’s just so ridiculous.”

No explanation for the mix-up was given at the inquest but the court heard that the ambulance service had written Mr Stevens’ name correctly on a document when he was admitted.

Karen told Lincolnshire Live that police had offered her an explanation about why they did not notify them about the crash.

She told Lincolnshire Live: “A police officer told me that judging from the body warn camera, he was not in pain and said he was ok.

“They classed it as a minor injury collision.”

The inquest heard evidence from a paramedic that he had weakness in his legs and complained of hip pain which she raised with the air ambulance doctor.

But Dr David Cookson asked Mr Stevens if he was in any pain and he said he wasn’t.

Police, firefighters, paramedics and the air ambulance at the crash near the Holdingham Roundabout on the A17
(Image: Anna Draper/Lincolnshire Live)

Mr Stevens had broken several ribs and his pelvis in two places and had internal abdominal injuries.

But paramedics and Dr Cookson told the inquest that despite physical examination and an ultrasound scan at the crash scene, these were not detected.

His shortness of breath was believed to be linked to his COPD and heart condition.

Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire Timothy Brennand concluded Mr Stevens died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision exacerbated by his COPD and heart disease and that on the balance of probabilities “there may well have been a medical episode” before the crash.

Referring to the family not being informed of the crash until hours later, Mr Brennand said: “The issue of communication was one of profound regret.

“The inquest process had not got to the bottom of how and why that came about.

“I think it is profoundly unfortunate that the family were contacted so late, depriving the family of the chance to be with Mr Stevens sooner.”



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