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RAF MILDENHALL, England — A British coroner’s office inquest has concluded that an April 2 car crash that killed a U.S. airman and a Mildenhall music teacher was an accident, said Katie Roberts, a Coroner’s Officer for the North and East Cambridgeshire Coroner’s office.

Witnesses said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bradly Ring, a maintenance technician with Mildenhall’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, was traveling on the A1101 when he lost control after hitting a bump, Roberts said. Ring’s car then veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with a vehicle coming the other way, driven by Kathy Faelber.

Ring was due to travel that day to Greece with his military unit, Roberts said. Investigators determined that Ring, 26, of Redding, Calif., forgot his phone charger, returned home to pick it up and crashed into Faelber on his way to the base, Roberts said. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor for either victim in the accident, she said.

Inquests in Britain are carried out to establish official details of an event without an intent of establishing any fault.


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