Jodie: a life cut short

PUBLISHED: 14:46 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 17 June 2010

THE life of a teenage nursery nurse from Sidmouth was cut short in a tragic accident, an inquest heard this week. Jodie Gigg, 19, of Arcot Road, was a front seat passenger in a white Nissan Micra when it turned off the B3174 on to a narrow country road ne

THE life of a teenage nursery nurse from Sidmouth was cut short in a tragic accident, an inquest heard this week.Jodie Gigg, 19, of Arcot Road, was a front seat passenger in a white Nissan Micra when it turned off the B3174 on to a narrow country road near Chelson Corner. The car crashed into a green Vauxhall Vectra at 5.30pm on March 20, 2007. Miss Gigg suffered multiple injuries and was treated at the scene, before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by ambulance.Despite numerous blood transfusions she was pronounced dead at 10.40pm.The driver of the Micra, Michael Parish, from Seaton, was a close friend of Miss Gigg.At the time of the incident he was studying at Exeter College and had collected Miss Gigg from her work at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery at Exeter Business Park.Mr Parish told the inquest, at Honiton Magistrates' Court, he did not see any traffic approaching when he made the right turn across a lane of traffic on the B3174 into Beechtree Lane.The Micra had been travelling behind a recovery truck and when Mr Parish pulled out to turn right, his car hit the Vectra, which was travelling in the opposite direction.The inquest heard the cars both collided on their front near sides.The force of the impact caused the Vectra to spin around 210 degrees. The Micra suffered serious damage to the front and passenger side, causing the pillar and door to crumple completely.Mr Parish said: "I slowed right down before I made the manoeuvre and I made all the observations I needed to make. I saw nothing coming up the other side of the road." He said the next thing he remembered was coming round after the collision.Alex White, a butcher from Honiton, the driver of the Vectra, said, as he passed the junction, the white car appeared from behind the recovery truck and as things happened 'in a split second' he had no time to react.Crash investigator Sergeant Nicholas Bloomfield said: "It is not believed excess speed was a factor in this collision."Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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