I’ve never met a coroner before or attended an inquest, but both happened today. The coroner was very patient and understanding with my Mother, the inquest decided nothing as the CPS are still investigating and deciding what, if any, action they are going to take, so it has now been adjourned until January. We were stunned to find out that, whilst we were having our little official business with the coroner, Ref was being cut open again by a different Home Office pathologist. We had assumed that if the driver’s solicitor had demanded a second post-mortum we would have been informed, it’s quite a personal thing really, bad enough that a post-mortum had to be performed initially, not a pleasant image really but to know that it was all being repeated without his wife’s knowledge is somehow extra disturbing. We heard the results of the 2nd PM late afternoon, they were the same as the first so that would appear to show without doubt that the accident caused his death.
After the inquest and PM the body was ‘released’, so we have now organised the funeral, it’s next Tuesday afternoon. I spent this afternoon phoning everyone who had said they wished to attend, informing them of the arrangements, whilst my sister spent the time writing to all interested parties, banks, work and pensions etc. I then stood in my Mother’s front room watching the neighbour who had reversed into Ref reversing out of his drive, again. Yesterday evening Mum was very down, and voiced what I have been thinking since the accident, she doesn’t know how she can carry on living opposite the man who knocked her husband over and also can’t imagine continually looking out of her window at the place where it happened. Very, very hard.