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Sneezing fit 'caused fatal crash'.

A TANKER driver yesterday claimed he sneezed violently moments before a crash which killed a nurse.

Shane Fraser, 44, said he was jerked up out of his seat by the sneeze sneeze, involuntary violent expiration of air through the nose and mouth. It results from stimulation of the nervous system in the nose, causing sudden contraction of the muscles of expiration.  and then heard such a loud crash he thought his vehicle had been "blown up".

His vehicle collided with a green Mini driven by cancer nurse Melainey Rose, 36, killing her and leaving her 62-year-old mother Catherine with multiple injuries and brain damage.

Fraser, from Inverness, denies causing death by dangerous driving In English criminal law, the offence of causing death by dangerous driving is currently defined by the Road Traffic Act 1991 but, following Adomako (1995) 1 AC 171, the offence of motor manslaughter may now be the preferred charge.  on the Inverness-Thurso road in December 2007.

He told the High Court in Inverness he had put his heating on full to clear a steamed-up windscreen.

Fraser denied falling asleep at the wheel, using a mobile phone, drinking and driving or being in any way distracted.

The court heard Fraser tried to commit suicide Verb 1. commit suicide - kill oneself; "the terminally ill patient committed suicide"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
 after the tragedy.

The trial continues.
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Date:Oct 2, 2009
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