Derbyshire golf star Mel Reid's mum died after head-on crash in Germany
THE mother of international golfer Melissa Reid died after a "tragic" head-on road collision in Germany, an inquest heard.
Joy Reid had been a passenger in the car which her husband, Brian, was driving and they were travelling along a road near Munich when the crash happened.
She suffered a number of "significant injuries" in the collision, including one to her head.
The inquest was told by Mr Reid how his wife had been able to walk briefly after the collision.
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But coroner Dr Robert Hunter heard that her condition continued to deteriorate after she was taken to hospital.
Mrs Reid, 62, died the day after the collision – which happened on May 22, 2012.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, Dr Hunter said: "It was a very tragic set of circumstances which led to Mrs Reid's death."
The inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court was told that the couple, of Cliffash Lane, Idridgehay, were travelling along the ST2054, towards Petershausen, when the crash occurred.
According to a German police report read out to the inquest, it was suggested Mr Reid's vehicle was on the left-hand side of the road and was in collision with a car travelling in the opposite direction.
It said both Mr and Mrs Reid were injured in the incident and the latter was taken to the nearby Munich University Hospital by rescue helicopter.
But Mr Reid told the inquest that, despite suffering broken ribs himself, he was reunited at the hospital with his wife and was with her when she died.
The condition of the occupants in the other car was not stated.
The inquest heard that Mrs Reid's injuries included trauma to her head and fractures on the right side of her chest.
A medical report read out said she also had a reduced level of consciousness and was in a "state of shock".
She underwent a number of surgical procedures before being moved to the intensive care unit.
The inquest heard there was a slight improvement in Mrs Reid's condition and doctors were able to reduce her medication.
But she then deteriorated and suffered a cardiac arrest, from which she was unable to be resuscitated.
Mrs Reid's cause of death was given as cardiovascular organ failure due to haemorrhagic shock and as the result of the collision and her injuries.
The Derby Telegraph previously reported how Mr and Mrs Reid were in Germany supporting daughter Melissa at the UniCredit Ladies' Open, part of the Ladies' European Tour.
Melissa – one of England's top female golfers – pulled out of the tournament after receiving the devastating news. She later paid tribute to her mother on social networking website Facebook.