Classic car enthusiast dies after crash near Holsworthy

A classic car enthusiast tragically died of an unsurvivable injury after his car crashed on the A3072 near Holsworthy. Graham Bowyer, 61, a retired lorry driver who was born in Gloucestershire and lived in Beaworthy, was involved in a single-vehicle collision on June 5.[1]

He had been driving a silver Mercedes. An inquest into his death was recently opened at Exeter[2] Coroner’s Court. The short hearing heard that following the crash, he was taken to Derriford Hospital where he passed away the following day.

Alison Longhorn, area coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, said: “The circumstances are Mr Bowyer was involved in single-vehicle road traffic collisions on June 5. He was transferred to Derriford Hospital where he received treatment but he suddenly died on June 6.

“There are no suspicious circumstances. Presently, the medical cause of death is traumatic brain injury and pneumothorax [collapsed lung].”

The inquest was adjourned and will be listed at a later date for a full inquest to be heard.

Following his death, Mr Bowyer’s family released a tribute through police[3] and thanked the emergency services for their work.

His family said: “Graham was the son of Veronica and the late Robin Bowyer. He was one of six siblings and was a father to Sally, Claire, Kerry and Darren.

“Graham had a love for classic cars and would enjoy spending time with his family at classic car shows. He was also a good craftsman and would enjoy helping his mother. Graham was a keen supporter of the air ambulance and would make regular donations to this charity.

“Graham will be missed by his entire family and his family would like to thank all emergency services involved in the incident and we appreciate the support from Derriford’s ICU Pencarrow ward.”

Any witnesses to the collision who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call 101 or visit their website here[4] quoting log 798 of 5 June.


  1. ^ involved in a single-vehicle collision on June 5. (
  2. ^ Exeter (
  3. ^ Mr Bowyer’s family released a tribute through police (
  4. ^ here (