A dad-of-two died after being thrown from his vehicle when he lost control attempting to park, an inquest heard.
Victor Moore, 75, collided with a parked car and house while reversing his Toyota MPV in Adamsdown, Cardiff, on January 17 last year.
Mr Moore, of Tonypandy , died from his injuries on January 29, days after being taken to the University Hospital of Wales.
An inquest into his death was held at Pontypridd Coroners’ Court on Tuesday.
Mr Moore’s long-term partner Cherry Hyde said the pair were in the capital visiting their son who had recently moved to a property in Adamsdown.
In a statement read to the inquest Ms Hyde said her partner was a typically “careful and confident driver”.
She added that their journey to Cardiff was “slightly stressful” as they were unfamiliar with the route and due to the rush hour traffic.
He pulled up in between two cars outside the house in Blanche Street just before 5pm.
She said: “There was plenty of space. He said he’d straighten up and that he might need me to see him back. This was not an unusual comment as it’s a big car and we did this often.
“But we started to move. Then a little faster. I assumed he didn’t need me to get out. I turned to him to see if he still needed me to check. But now we started to move quicker.
“He was not looking at me or where the car was going. He looked terrified and wide-eyed saying: ‘Oh God, oh God’.”
She described how the vehicle “swung across the road” and then finding
her partner outside of the car once it had stopped.
CCTV footage from another property on the street showed Mr Moore’s vehicle stationary between parked cars.
It then begins to reverse and turn into the road before hitting a Ford and then hitting a house.
The inquest heard it is likely Mr Moore was ejected from his vehicle after hitting the parked Ford.
Mr Moore was rushed to intensive care at the University Hospital of Wales but in the coming days his health continued to deteriorate.
The inquest heard that on day three in hospital he suffered seizures and on day five scans revealed his “worsening” brain injuries.
Mr Moore, originally from Nottingham, later died in hospital on January 29 at 12.50pm.
A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Howell Thomas on February 4 found evidence of “significant” brain injury.
He added that it was “possible” he had suffered a stroke prior to or during the crash.
Coroner Graeme Hughes recorded a cause of death as “1a. traumatic brain injury with multifocal subarachnoid subdural intracerebral haemorrhages” and “2a. contributing factor being developing pneumonia”.
Mr Hughes said while a medical episode is “suspected” to have taken place before the incident exactly what caused Mr Moore to carry out the movement is “not capable of being recorded on a balance of probabilities”.
He recorded a narrative conclusion stating: “The deceased died from injuries sustained from ejection from a moving vehicle which he was driving at the material time.
“What led him to lose control of the vehicle during the manoeuvre is not capable of being determined on the available evidence.”
Mr Hughes also passed his condolences to the family of Mr Moore.
His partner Ms Hyde and their two sons, Jay and Max, previously paid tribute to the retired businessman who “lived life to the full.”
The couple, who used to live in Derbyshire, moved to Tonypandy in 2016 as a result of their sons studying at university.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said in February 2020: “He was a retired businessman but still kept himself active and busy.
“He had a love of DIY. He was good with electronics and had a love of fixing things which had broken.
“His partner says that he had a great love for all types of music. His family said that he lived life to the full and will be sorely missed by them all.”