Ex-Page 3 girl killed by SUV while trying to save dog that jumped out of car

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An ex-Page 3 model was tragically killed after she ran onto a dual carriageway to save her puppy that had jumped from a car, it has been revealed.

Linda Mann, 55, desperately tried to rescue the pooch, who had leapt from her lap after her son Antonio Barber pulled over into a lay-by.

Winchester Coroner's Courts heard that Antonio had stopped the vehicle because he thought that she was going to be sick after drinking that night.

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The former model was smacked by an oncoming SUV as she frantically followed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier into the road.

The inquest heard that on the unlit road, the driver of the oncoming Mazda CX3 would have needed at least three or four seconds to take 'evasive action' – but had only one.

The SUV struck both her and the dog and they both died at the scene on the A303 West near Sutton Scotney, Winchester, reports The Mirror.

Senior Coroner Christopher Wilkinson said: "Ms Mann was the passenger in the car travelling with her puppy on her lap.

"It appears the puppy leapt from the window or through the [passenger] door when it opened."

Toby Gray, the driver whose Mazda hit Linda said in his statement: "The road was very dark as there are no street lights in the area.

"I saw something in the middle of the two lanes. I thought that the obstacle was a bag as it was very low to the ground.

"But then I saw her white face just as the car hit her.

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"She appeared to be crouching down and holding something."

The court heard Linda and her son had parked in the lay-by behind a lorry, which had CCTV cameras and footage examined by police showed her on the road.

Forensic collision investigator Laura Bailey told the inquest: "Ms Mann can be seen running into the road to retrieve her dog.

"She can then be seen moving into a kneeling position as she starts to try to get out of the carriageway.

"By the cameras' frame rate we can calculate she was in the road between 1-1.6 seconds.

"Ms Mann was wearing dark clothes so could not be seen.

"This meant Mr Gray couldn't identify her as a hazard. It would only have been once Ms Mann moved [he would have realised she was there].

"[Ms Mann was] inconspicuous on the dark road in her dark clothes. As a consequence, there was insufficient time for Mr Gray to react."

A post-mortem examination showed that Ms Mann was 1.5 times the drink drive limit and also had morphine in her system.

The inquest was told that although these drugs would have impaired her judgement, they 'did not contribute directly to her death' on January 6 this year.

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