Cotswolds company director and racehorse owner Sylvia Dibben, 81, was killed when she pulled out into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision while driving in Scotland, an inquest heard yesterday.

Widowed mum of four Sylvia Dibben of The Chipping, Tetbury, was on holiday in Perthshire and was driving her Lexus car on the A9 when the crash happened on May 5th this year, Gloucestershire Coroners Court was told.

She was on the northbound carriageway of the Rotmell-Dunkeld road near the Dowally junction when she apparently pulled out to overtake and was in collision with an oncoming Land Rover Discovery which was towing a caravan.

“She suffered internal injuries and died at the scene,” said assistant coroner for Gloucestershire Roland Wooderson.

William Cochrane, a motorist travelling behind the Land Rover Discovery, stated: “All of a sudden I saw a Lexus trying to overtake traffic and crossing over to the wrong side of the road.

“I shouted out as it was clear that there was going to be a collision.

“The caravan skewed to one side when the Lexus collided with the Land Rover.

“The Lexus was at fault, in my opinion, as it was on the wrong side of the road.”

Conclusion: road traffic collision.