The grandmother, 63, was killed while crossing the road wearing headphones and failing to hear the sound of the BMW that had hit her.
- Mary Louise, a 63-year-old mother of three, was walking down the canal aisle with headphones on
- He later died after colliding with a BMW X1 where the track meets the road
- In an investigation in Wales, the coroner also warned of the dangers of wearing earphones
A 63-year-old grandmother was killed while wearing headphones on a picnic in the countryside – and failed to hear the BMW she had hit, an investigation has heard.
After the tragic death of mother-of-three Mary Louise, a Wales coroner has warned of the dangers of wearing earphones – especially with quieter electric cars.
Mrs. Lewis was listening for something while strolling down a canal driveway before she blocked off the road and crashed into a BMW X1.
Dr Sarah Jane Richards, assistant coroner in South Central Wales, heard she was hit by a car while crossing the road.
The car is believed to have been traveling at 16-22 mph in November 2020 on a B4398 near Llanymynech, Powys.
Dr Sarah Jane Richards, assistant coroner in South Wales Central (pictured for court) heard that Mary Louise was hit by a car while crossing the road.
The car is believed to have been traveling between 16 and 22 mph in November 2020 on a B4398, pictured near Llanymynech, Powys.
The driver claimed that he was dazzled by the glare of the low sun and thus did not see Mrs. Lewis crossing the road.
Eyewitnesses said that the car’s engine was quiet and could not be heard at the time of the accident.
“With the increasing popularity of noiseless electric cars, frequent earphones during exercise, and the B4398 with a speed limit of 60Mbps, I consider there is a risk that such an incident will recur,” said Dr. Richards.
She added that warning signs for both pedestrians and drivers needed to be improved.
The coroner also wrote to the Powys Board, Canal and River Trust asking them to provide better signage.
In a ruling aimed at preventing future deaths, the coroner said signs were needed to warn pedestrians of the dangers of wearing earphones when crossing the road, and also called for signs to warn pedestrians of the possibility of wearing earphones while crossing roads.