TV personality Stephanie Booth crushed when tractor toppled over embankment, inquest hears


David Humphreys

A business mogul was killed when her tractor toppled over an embankment and crushed her underneath.

Stephanie Booth, 70, died when she was unseated from the farming vehicle as she tended to land at her home at Tan Y Graig in Llangar, Corwen, on September 18, 2016.

An inquest held into her death at County Hall in Ruthin was told how the former hotelier and TV personality had been seeing to her land facing the mountain side at around 6pm.

Her husband David found her at 6.45pm when she told him she would be “30 minutes more”.

But at 7.45pm when she hadn't returned, Mr Booth went out to look for her and found the tractor she had been driving off the track with Mrs Booth lying yards away motionless.

PC Richard Davies, North Wales Police forensic collision investigator, said he attended the scene at 10pm, describing the area as remote, on a steep hillside that was overgrown.

He said it was likely that the one-time prospective Wrexham AFC owner had moved the tractor forward to a narrow patch of land, chosen to stop and in reversing, the wheel had broken ground underneath and the vehicle had toppled.

This would have unseated Mrs Booth, PC Davies said, and the tractor would have crushed her.

The accident investigator said there was no evidence of any malfunctions within the vehicle prior to its use.

A paramedic report indicated that, such was the remote nature of the area, it had taken fire and ambulance crews a while to reach the scene alongside North East Wales Search and Rescue.

A post-mortem found that Mrs Booth suffered significant signs of trauma as well as skeletal injuries and numerous fractures.

There had been significant trauma in her cardiovascular system and bleeding in the lungs.

Her cause of death was recorded as major crush type injuries in keeping with a tractor vehicle incident.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

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