A woman died after falling on wine bottles in a freak accident after a night out with friends, an inquest heard.
Susan Wood was returning home with her husband in August last year when she fell onto wine bottles and suffered “catastrophic, fatal injuries to her neck”.
The 45-year-old and her husband had stopped to buy the wine which Susan carried while her husband went to get money from a cash machine to pay for a takeaway meal, the hearing at Bootle Town Hall was told.
During the walk home along Moorland Road, in Maghull, Merseyside, Susan fell heavily on to the bottles, which broke, coroner’s officer James Martindale said.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and performed CPR before Mrs Woods was taken to Aintree Hospital, where the local authority worker later died.
The couple chose slightly different routes to walk home, so husband Andrew didn’t see his wife fall.
A cause of death, of an incised wound to the neck, was established and a conclusion of accidental death was recorded.
A previous hearing was told Mrs Woods had a bag containing wine and cider which had been bought from an off-licence.
She was found by residents on Moorland Road after falling suddenly close to a driveway, with the “wine bottle smashed and broken directly under her neck.”
On that evening, the couple had been socialising with friends and returned to Maghull in a taxi at 8.40pm. They were described as being in “good spirits.”
Following the fatal fall, police arrived at the scene and a huge presence remained on Moorland Road for several hours as detectives tried to work out what had happened.
The next day, the force confirmed they were treating the incident as a “tragic street incident” and it was not suspicious.
After she died, friends and residents who knew Mrs Woods paid tribute, and one man called the 45-year-old, her partner and her children a “lovely family.”
One woman told the ECHO: “Sue was a nice woman.
She added: “I remember seeing her walking down the road holding hands with her partner during lockdown.
“It’s so, so sad.”