Dragons’ Den winner killed by own car
A DRAGONS’ Den winner and local businesswoman was killed when she was hit and then trapped by her own car, an inquest heard today (Wednesday).
Tracey Graily, 44, of Frogmore Bottom, Kings Walden, died in February after the car, which was parked on a steep drive, rolled down and trapped her.
The mother of two, who appeared on BBC2 Show Dragons’ Den in 2005, was picking up her son from a sleepover in Cranbourne Avenue, Hitchin.
“What we have established was that Tracey had gone to collect her son and I think then she went to the rear of the vehicle that had been parked quite close to the door,” said coroner Edward Thomas.
“Then, she went back to put his kit into the car. It rolled back, and she became trapped. It had rolled back right to the fence.”
He added: “It would have been very difficult for anybody to do anything about it at all.”
Fire crews attended the scene, and they released Ms Graily. She was taken to Lister Hospital by paramedics, but was announced dead on arrival.
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Police examined the car, an Audi, after the incident, but found no problems with it.
“Everything was in order,” said Pc Ian Marsh, who gave evidence at the inquest.
“I made enquiries with Audi about recalls, there hadn’t been any on that particular model.”
Both Pc Ian Marsh and Mr Thomas said that the impact of shutting the boot would have been enough to make the car roll down the very steep incline.
“Something was pushed to make it start. In this instance, a jolt may have just given it the impetus to start,” said Pc Marsh.
“You had the gravity always working against the vehicle. It would have built up momentum very quickly.”
Addressing the family after the evidence had been heard, Mr Thomas said: “It was a tragic accident.
“When you experience a car rolling when you park on a hill, you always then park it in gear. That’s the message that comes from today.
“Tracey was just picking her son up. She was just doing a normal thing that a normal parent would.”
Toxicology reports showed that Ms Graily died from extensive rib cage fractures and laceration of her liver.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded.