A 61-year-old man who had been warned by his wife that he was going to kill himself if he kept driving his sports car too fast, died after he overtook two cars on the A5 and lost control of his vehicle.
Business consultant Nigel Howse, of The Green, Nether Heyford, bought his “dream” car, a black Maserati Coupe G, three years before he died in a crash near Fosters Booth at about 8.20am on December 28.
An inquest at Northampton General Hospital heard yesterday that Mr Howse’s wife, Carole, had told him to slow down when he was driving as he was in danger of killing himself.
The inquest heard evidence from the drivers of two cars which Mr Howse had overtaken shortly before he lost control of his Maserati, which spun 360 degrees and then crashed into a tree. The car ended up on its roof.
Sharon Joynes, who was driving her Ford Fiesta towards Towcester, said she heard a “deep roaring sound” and then saw the Maserati overtake using the extra middle lane in the road.
Alexandra Wright, who was a passenger in a Volvo being driven by her husband, said the Maserati overtook the car at a speed she believed was faster than appropriate.
Pc Shay Herbinson, a collision investigator, said he believed the crash had happened because Mr Howse had accelerated harshly to complete the overtaking manoeuvre and was travelling at a speed which was inappropriate for the conditions.
County coroner Anne Pember, recording a verdict of accidental death, said: “Mr Howse was doing what he loved doing, driving his Maserati. His wife had to tell him on a number of occasions not to travel so fast. He was overtaking the two cars and enjoying himself but was driving inappropriately.”