Woman who landed dream job, died when car hit tree at after driving over nail

A young social worker who was days from her graduation ceremony was killed after she hit a tree travelling close to 90mph.

An inquest into her death revealed that her car tyre had been punctured by a nail and that at the time of the crash Talia Roberts, 24, was not wearing a seatbelt.

Talia was driving her Ford Fiesta to work at North Lincolnshire Council on Ermine Street between Barton and Scunthorpe, when she crashed at 9am on December 5, 2019.

Her family described her as having a "heart of gold" who was on the cusp of new adventures having recently moved in with her partner and landing her dream job, reports GrimsbyLive.

At the inquest at Cleethorpes Town Hall, Humberside Police forensic collision examiner, PC Robert Sawyer told the room that a nail found in the front tyre caused it to be under-inflated.

He advised the inquest that it would not have been obvious the tyre was deflated and there was no evidence that the nail had been in place for any length of time.

Although the road Talia travelled was straight for over half a mile there are undulations.

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The police officer said: "Coming over some of the undulations, as it has come down and there may have been some kind of steering attempt and the car started to rotate. The car may have lurched one way or the other. But it started to rotate and cross over onto the verge and struck the tree."

In tribute, elder sister Kirsty Holden told how their mother Dawn died in 2012.

Kirsty said: "Everyone loved her so much. She excelled in everything she did."

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The sister told how Talia had grown up with a hole in her heart but it had healed as she grew older.

"She was a fantastic, loving person with a heart of gold, loved by everyone. She had achieved her dream job."

Talia, who had a twin brother, Soul, was aunt to four nieces and three nephews.

In his conclusion, Grimsby and North Lincolnshire coroner, Mark Kendall said the extent of the damage was considerable given the speed of the vehicle. She had not been distracted by her mobile phone and there was no medical problem.

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The coroner said the front tyre was underinflated due to a nail which had not been present for long and would not have been obvious to the driver.

He said there had been no time to react to the loss of control.

"Even if she had been wearing a seatbelt the outcome may not have been any different," he added.

Mr Kendall said the death was due to a road traffic collision. He apologised for the length of time for the resumed inquest to be held following the death in December 2019.

"I am sorry she was lost in these tragic consequences," he said.

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