The devastated mother of a man who died in a crash while arguing with his model wife over a takeaway order has paid tribute to her ‘kind-hearted’ son.
Paul Graham, of Old Park Road, Wednesbury, died at the scene of the smash on the A461 in Rushall, Walsall, on April 24 after the argument with his wife Denisa.
Their Chrysler Crossfire sports car collided with a Peugeot 307 after drifting into the oncoming carriageway.
The Peugeot then crashed into a garden wall. The inquest at Smethwick Coroner’s Court this week heard that Mr Graham, who had no drink or drugs in his system, died of a massive haemothorax and aortic rupture, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Assistant coroner Angus Smillie, who said Mr Graham’s driving became ‘erratic’ after the argument, concluded that death was due to a road traffic accident.
Mrs Graham suffered serious injuries to her legs and feet, while the occupants of the other car were not seriously injured.
The 49-year-old leaves a 22-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
His mother Lola, from Wednesbury, today told how her daughter-in-law Denisa, who works for a modelling agency, did not want to eat fast food because she was ‘on a diet’.
Lola, 74, said: “He was a keen basketball player and he was a good driver.
“Paul had driven to Bulgaria before on holiday, he wasn’t the sort of person to be driving erratically.
“He never used to eat before he would go to basketball practice, so that he wasn’t sick and so that he could have a big meal after.
“He enjoyed a curry, but Denisa was on a diet to keep slim. We were at the inquest, but what I think happened was he finished practice and wanted to go for a curry.
“They obviously got in an argument about it. Paul lost control and crashed.
“My son had a kind heart, he would do anything for anyone, if there were two bits of food in the kitchen, he would eat one and save the other for someone else. That’s the sort of person he was.”
Paul’s father, Edward, 74, added: “Paul was a popular and loving son.
“He was kind and generous, it showed how popular he was on the day of his funeral.
“Around 1,000 people turned up, they were backed up outside the church and following the cars, I had never seen anything like it, this was on a Monday morning, a day of work.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better son. He loved life and he loved driving too, he was a very fit man.”