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Blackburn Imam who died in Grane Road crash had heart attack at the wheel
9:34am Saturday 7th September 2013 in East Lancashire
A FORMER Imam and leading businessman who died after a car crash suffered a heart attack at the wheel, an inquest heard.
Allahrakhu Satia, 47, was on Elton Road, near Belthorn, heading towards Blackburn, when he lost control of his Chrysler Grand Voyager and smashed into a house. He was found not to be wearing a seatbelt.
The owner of Satia (Hajj) Tours, a nationwide firm taking Muslims on pilgrimages, was pronounced dead on arrival at Royal Blackburn Hospital after the smash on June 10.
Mr Satia, of Oxford Road, Blackburn, left behind his wife, Yasmin, three sons and a daughter.
During an inquest at Blackburn Coroner’s Court yesterday, Mr Satia’s son Abu said his father had been in hospital for four days, just four days prior to the accident, because of an existing heart complaint.
He said: “I asked what the doctors had told him but he just said he was fine.
“There was no suggestion my father was unable to drive.”
Michael Millward, at the time an off-duty detective constable with British Transport Police but who had since retired, said he came across the damaged car while driving home.
He said: “As I approached I could see that there was severe damage to the car and smoke coming from the engine.
“I shouted at Mr Satia but he was unresponsive and was not wearing a seatbelt.
“He was not breathing and had no pulse.”
PC Robert Newcombe, who was in charge of the crash investigation, told the court there was no evidence of braking but it appeared Mr Satia had lost control some time before the collision, because of markings along the kerb where the car had scraped along it.
Pathologist Dr Aslam told coroner Michael Singleton there were significant injuries caused by the crash, including a fractured and dislocated femur and right arm, multiple broken ribs and a lot of internal bleeding.
He also described Mr Satia’s heart muscle as ‘very scarred’ and said he suffered from ischemic heart disease.
He said it was possible Mr Satia had suffered a heart attack before the accident but there was no clear evidence that was the case.
Mr Singleton asked Dr Aslam if, had the victim been wearing a seatbelt, would he have survived.
Dr Aslam replied: “There were no head injuries, which are the most common with people not wearing seatbelts, and I am not in a position to say, but had he been wearing a seatbelt the outcome would most probably have been the same.”
Mr Singleton recorded a narrative verdict, saying Mr Satia died from acute heart failure, caused by ischemic heart disease and the injuries he sustained in the crash.
He said: “It seems perhaps fate that this occurred where it did, because if it had been 200 yards before or after he would not have hit the house, which is the only building that juts out as it does.”
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