January 23, 2022, 11:01

    ‘Gifted’ primary teacher died crashing into cement lorry as she left school

    ‘Gifted’ primary teacher died crashing into cement lorry as she left school

    A primary teacher died after crashing into a cement lorry when she left school for the day.

    Beca Mai Richards, is believed to have lost control of her black Vauxhall Corsa in summer last year.

    She had just finished planning a lesson for for the new school term, an inquest heard.

    Described as an an “academically very gifted and very bright” teacher, she died after hitting the HGV as she returned from school.

    Beca lived with her mother Eleri James in Llangynog, Pembrokeshire, and was about to start her first teaching post at Narberth primary school.

    But the high force impact with the HGV on the A478 on August 21 caused Beca significant brain damage who died in intensive care five days later.

    Beca Mai Richards

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    Paul Bennett, acting senior coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, described her death as a "very tragic case for a number of reasons", reports WalesOnline

    Beca was "academically very gifted and a very bright individual", he told the inquest at Haverfordwest County Hall on January 12.

    He added: "Sadly, this incident occurred only a matter of weeks after she had graduated.

    "Equally tragic is that she was not able to take up that teaching position, although she was in the process of preparing for that."

    Beca, who left Preseli school with 11 GCSEs graded A* to C, had completed her PGCE at Swansea University in June and taken up her first job just weeks later in July.

    Described by her family as "loving and kind-hearted", she had a natural affinity for teaching, having worked as a nursery assistant throughout her studies.

    One of three siblings, she was an active woman who enjoyed running and walking, singing and playing the guitar, the inquest heard in a report read out by the coroner's assistant, Lisa Jenkins.

    On the day of the fatal crash she had been working until around 5pm, Miss Jenkins said, phoning both her mum and the deputy head teacher to say she was finishing up.

    But just after 5pm she was involved in a collision with the DAF cement mixer lorry on the way out of Narberth.

    David Stacey, the forensic collision investigator for Dyfed Powys Police, said Beca likely lost control of her vehicle as she negotiated a right hand bend as she headed towards Penblewin and crossed to the other side of the carriageway.

    Giving a summary of his evidence from a 50-page report, Mr Stacey said: "There is insufficient evidence to collate the speed of the Corsa.

    The collision was wholly in the lane of travel of the HGV." It was "not a low impact collision", he confirmed.

    It was daylight and visibility was "good" on the day, and there was no evidence that Beca was out of control as she entered the bend, Mr Stacey said.

    But there were "several marks of interest" on the road that explained the cause of the collision, he said.

    "For reasons unknown, it's the loss of control of the vehicle that has taken her on the opposite carriageway," he added. "It [the car] started to rotate before it impacted with the front of the HGV."

    The impact sent the car into a spin in the opposite direction, he said, before coming to rest on the grassy verge. The forces were such that the front driver's seat buckled, likely causing Beca fatal injuries.

    Paul Bennett, acting senior coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, described her passing as a "very tragic case for a number of reasons".

    Beca was "academically very gifted and a very bright individual", he told the inquest at Haverfordwest County Hall on January 12.

    He added: "Sadly, this incident occurred only a matter of weeks after she had graduated.

    Equally tragic is that she was not able to take up that teaching position, although she was in the process of preparing for that."

    There was no evidence to suggest either vehicle was defective in any way and drink and/or drugs were not a factor.

    Beca was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff but died in intensive care on the morning of August 26.

    Mr Bennett accepted the medical cause of death which was given as death as a result of 1a, traumatic brain injury and 1b, a road traffic accident.

    Mr Bennett said Beca's death was a "very tragic case" as he recorded his conclusion that she died "following traumatic injuries that she sustained in a rod traffic collision on August 21".

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