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Driver died after quarrel.

Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS

A MAN crashed his car headlong into a bridge wall shortly after he stormed out of the house following a row with his wife.

Father-of-five Terry Boden,55, was over the drink- drive limit and not wearing his seat belt. A Flint inquest also heard yesterday that Mr Boden made no attempt to brake or swerve before impact.

He had a history of depression and at least once had made a suicide attempt which may have been no more than a ``cry for help'', said deputy north east Wales coroner John Gittins.

But he believed Mr Boden's death was an accident because medical reports showed he had suffered a brain haemorrhage shortly before crashing.

His wife,Kathleen,of Ewart Street,Saltney Ferry, told the inquest how they had met when she was 16 and married two years later. Her husband was a welder who became a production worker at Vauxhall's,but left to train as a joiner and became self-employed.

Some years ago,following bereavements in the family and other personal issues he became depressed and took an overdose of tablets. He was assigned a community nurse and took medication for his condition.

But in November 2002 he suffered a heart attack and his depression returned. On December 28 -her birthday -they decided to go out for a drink, said Mrs Boden. Her husband was quiet at the pub and when they walked home.

But back in the house an argument developed and he grabbed the car keys and stormed out of the house just before midnight, saying: ``I've had enough of this.''

Mrs Boden said she heard a bang and a car horn and went out to investigate.

She found her husband's Rover 213 car crashed into the Saltney Ferry railway bridge wall,not far from their terraced home.

Mr Boden was declared dead at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Pathologist Dr Michael Myskow said death was caused by multiple injuries, with a brain haemorrhage a contributory factor. His blood alcohol level was 101 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood when the legal limit was 80mg.
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Date:Sep 25, 2003
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