‘Driver wanted to kill himself’ inquest hears

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A Sudbury man who drove his car into a brick wall told police that he wanted to kill himself, an inquest has heard.

Mark Emerton, 46, of Mountbatten Road, died on August 31, in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds was told on Monday that the car had crashed at speed.

When he was found following the incident on August 27 in Alexandra Road, Sudbury, Mr Emerton was conscious but having difficulty breathing.

He was taken to hospital and his condition stabilised for a short time before he succumbed to his injuries and died four days later, said Assistant Suffolk Coroner Nigel Parsley.

A post mortem examination conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love showed that death had been due to acute brain infarction, carotid artery and the effects of a road traffic accident.

Mr Parsley adjourned the inquest until December to allow the completion of enquiries.