The death of a man who killed a fellow driver on the A10 in Cambridgeshire in 2018 was not a consequence of the collision, an inquest has found.
On November 5, 2018, Remigijus Visockas lost control of his Volkswagen Passat on the A10 between Littleport and Ely and crashed into a BMW, which was being pushed by John Slater.
Mr Slater died at the scene, while Mr Visockas was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in a serious condition.
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Mr Visockas survived the collision and its effects but then died at the same hospital on December 19, 2019, having been readmitted to the hospital in November that year.
At an inquest into Mr Slater’s death, a police officer said that he had no doubt that Mr Visockas would have been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving had he lived long enough to confront the charges.
An inquest into Mr Visockas’ death took place at Lawrence Court in Huntingdon today (October 11) and sought to find whether it was a consequence of the traffic collision in November 2018 which killed Mr Slater.
After evidence from three doctors, the inquest found that Mr Visockas’ death was of natural causes and not at all related to the November 2018 collision.
Central to Mr Visockas’ death was a burst to the spleen, which the inquest concluded to be a consequence of infection, instead of any trauma inflicted by the November 2018 car crash.
Evidence heard at the inquest
After experiencing spells of vomiting, fever, and chest pain, Mr Visockas was admitted to intensive care at Addenbrooke’s in November 2019.
He was “desperately unwell” according to Dr Martin, a consultant in intensive care medicine at the hospital, who believed that he had been experiencing from pneumonia.
At the point of his admittance into intensive care, Mr Visockas was “under attack from infection”. He had blood cultures and infection around the lining of his lungs, which then seceded to his blood.
Dr Martin additional that every time that Mr Visockas showed signs of recovery during his time in intensive care, his health would then deteriorate once more.
At the time of an immunologist’s review, Mr Visockas spleen was ‘structurally normal’, according to Dr Martin, who additional that if it had been ruptured as a consequence of the November 2018 collision, this would have been visible on the examine.
He was unprotected to five CT scans during his month in intensive care, but none showed splenic abnormalities – Dr Martin said: “he had a month to show us that his spleen was fragile”, but this was never found.
After his health continued to deteriorate as a consequence of infection, Mr Visockas died in the hospital on December 19 2019. “His decline was exceptionally rapid”, according to Dr Martin.
A post-mortem examination conducted by Dr James Chan found that he had developed features of sepsis and a burst of the spleen and had then suffered a fatal multi-organ failure.
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Dr Martin said that the splenic burst was “was representative of his body shutting down” following the infection, which led to the “rapid” decline in health.
Likewise, Dr Chan told the inquest that he believed that the burst of the spleen was more likely caused by infection than trauma.
Coroner David Heming stated that Mr Visockas had not suffered a burst of the spleen when he was admitted to hospital following the crash on November 5 2018 – there was no evidence of splenic laceration as a consequence of the incident.
He concluded there was no link between the November 2018 crash and Mr Visockas’ 2019 death. Instead, he stated that the splenic burst was due to infection, leading to sepsis and multi-organ failure.
As such, Mr Visockas’ death was the consequence of disease. His cause of death was deemed to be natural causes.
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