Student’s death a “ghastly” accident

Melissa Bladen
Melissa Bladen

A BRIGHT young student died after the car in which she was a passenger skidded on black ice and careered straight in to the path of an oncoming lorry.

Nothing could have prevented the tragic road accident that claimed the life of 18-year old Melissa Bladen, said a South Yorkshire Coroner this week.

Melissa died when the car driven by her mother hit a patch of black ice and slid across the carriageway of Moor Lane, Brierley on February 16 this year.

The young woman died as a result of her head injuries, at the scene of the horrific crash.

At a Sheffield inquest in to the tragedy, Melissa’s distraught mother Tracey spoke of the loss of her daughter, a former head girl and member of Amnesty International, who had hoped to go to Durham University to study forensic anthropology.

“This has changed my life beyond recognition”, she said. “She was a joy, an inspiration and a beautiful young woman. I was truly blessed to have her as my daughter”.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Assistant Deputy Coroner Robert Forrest said that the “absolutely ghastly, tragic accident” had been unpreventable, after hearing evidence from both drivers involved and from road traffic accident experts on the condition of the road.

(Read the full account of the inquest in this week’s South Yorkshire Times)