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Laurence Fennell, who was left disabled by crash nine years ago, dies
10:20am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A 20-YEAR-OLD man died nine years after being left severely disabled when a car crashed into the back of his parent’s vehicle.
Laurence Fennell, of Sinodun Road, Didcot, died at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital on March 31.
As an 11-year-old boy in April 2004 he was a passenger in his parent’s car, when another vehicle crashed into the back of them on the M40 near Birmingham.
Mr Fennell was left disabled and died from breathing problems as a result of the crash, Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard on Thursday.
Coroner Darren Salter told his parents Joseph and Susan Fennell: “It is an extremely sad case and I can obviously see all the care and treatment he has had from you over the years.
“It is very sad that this was the outcome.”
He was left with severe brain injuries and epilepsy following the crash and was totally dependant on his parents, a statement by his GP Alex Hart read.
Mr Salter gave a narrative verdict.
He said: “Prior to his death he suffered from recurrent chest infections and was admitted to hospital, but despite treatment, he deteriorated and died just before midnight later that day.”
A medical cause of death was given as pneumonia which was the result of the traumatic brain injury sustained in the collision.
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