Inquest into tragic death of mother

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An inquest held into the death of a young mother from Daventry has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Jessica Jeffels, 30, of Ericsson Close, died, on April 28, 2012 when the Mini she was driving rolled down a bank into a ditch on the A45 near the Newnham turn as she drove from Weedon towards Daventry.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr David Fattah, consultant histopathologist at Northampton General Hospital, found Mrs Jeffels was twice the legal drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.

The inquest heard that Mrs Jeffels, who was married with three children, was arrested in April 2012 for drink-driving and was on bail at the time.

The night before the accident, Mrs Jeffels had been at a relative’s house and had been drinking, the inquest was told. No-one was aware that she had gone out driving until the police knocked on the door to inform them of the tragedy. The Mini was found at around 9.15am on April 28 when a passer-by saw the Mini on its roof at the bottom of a ditch.

PC Cliff Wilkins, of the Northamptonshire Police Force Collision Investigation Team, said he could not find a reason for the journey or what time the accident happened.

He said a build up of water on the carriageway could have had some involvement in the collision and that “it was very likely that the collision was exacerbated by her intoxication from alcohol”.

County coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of accidental death.

At the time of her death her family released a statement in tribute to Mrs Jeffels: “Jessica was very loyal to her family and an extremely kind and generous person. Her children were her whole world.”