A mother died after she tripped and fell on wine bottles in her shopping bag which broke under her neck, an inquest found.

Much-loved Susan Woods had been out for the evening with friends and her husband and had bought some drinks at an off licence on the way home.

She was carrying them home while her husband went to get money from a cash machine for a takeaway meal, due to be delivered to their home on Saturday, August 15 last year, the hearing at Bootle Town Hall was told yesterday.

During the walk home along Moorland Road, Maghull, 45-year-old Susan fell heavily on to the bottles, which broke, coroner’s officer James Martindal
said.

The inquest was told Mrs Woods sustained ‘catastrophic, fatal injuries to her neck.’

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Paramedics rushed to the scene and performed CPR before Mrs Woods was taken
to Aintree Hospital, where the local authority worker later died.

The couple chose slightly different routes to walk home, so husband Andrew
didn’t see his wife fall.

A cause of death, of an incised wound to the neck, was established and a
conclusion of accidental death was recorded.

A previous hearing was told Mrs Woods had a bag containing wine and cider which had been bought from an off-licence.

She was found by residents on Moorland Road after falling suddenly close to a driveway, with the ‘wine bottle smashed and broken directly under her neck.’

On that evening, the couple had been socialising with friends and returned
to Maghull in a taxi at 8.40pm. They were described as being in ‘good spirits.’

Following the fatal fall, police arrived at the scene and a huge presence remained on Moorland Road for several hours as detectives tried to work out
what had happened.

The next day, the force confirmed they were treating the incident as a ‘tragic street incident’ and it was not suspicious.

After she died, friends and residents who knew Mrs Woods paid tribute, and one man called the 45-year-old, her partner and her children a ‘lovely family.’

One woman said: ‘Sue was a nice woman.

She added: ‘I remember seeing her walking down the road holding hands with
her partner during lockdown.

‘It’s so, so sad.’

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