MYSTERY still remains why a woman fatally stepped into a Winchester road.

Barbara Robinson, 79, died after suffering traumatic brain injuries in the crash on St Cross Road.

Winchester Coroner’s Court heard how Mrs Robinson, of Falcon View, Badger Farm, was opposite the Bell Inn, when she stepped into the side of a passing car at around 2.50pm on August 12 .

The inquest heard that Elliot Anderson, from London, was in a Vauxhall Corsa, when he suddenly noticed Mrs Robinson out of the corner of his eye.

She collided with the passenger side of the Corsa and fell onto the road, sustaining a broken ankle and severe head injuries.

The inquest heard evidence from police officers that Mr Anderson, who was visiting his parents in Compton and Harefield, was not using his phone while driving, nor had he drunk any alcohol. Evidence also suggested he was within the speed limit.

Mrs Robinson, a retired medical staffing officer, was rushed to Southampton General Hospital, but died five days later.

Pathologist Dr James Nicoll said her head injuries were too severe to survive.

Recording a conclusion of death due to a road traffic collision, senior coroner Grahame Short said: “I accept that Mr Anderson did not have time to take avoiding action. I believe that on the balance of probability that she intended to cross the road.”

Mr Short was unable to determine why Mrs Robinson had not recognised the car as there was clear visibility and “she had no underlying medical conditions”, he added.

Following Mrs Robinson’s death her family paid tribute: “Barbara Robinson had lived in Winchester for most of her life. For many years she worked at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital as an HR administrator and brought tireless energy and humour to her work there.”

“Shortly before she retired she was presented to the Queen in recognition of her service.

“She leaves behind a large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who will all love and treasure her memory.”