A GRANDAD died as a result of injuries sustained in a serious car crash, an inquest has found.

William Hannah was involved in the incident in Bury Street, Heywood, in September 2017.

Following the crash in which he was a pedestrian, Mr Hannah, who was 68 at the time, was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital suffering from a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures.

While in hospital, Mr Hannah developed pneumonia and was taken to the critical care unit where he required an emergency lung wash-out with saline to improve his breathing.

During the procedure, a doctor accidentally used detergent instead of saline solution due to a mislabelled bottle. However, the inquest previously heard that there was no evidence that Mr Hannah’s death had been caused by the error.

Recording his verdict at Bolton Coroner’s Court yesterday, coroner Alan Walsh concluded that the granfather-of-three died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

He added that pneumonia, pre-existing heart conditions and a history of alcohol abuse had also contributed towards his death.

Mr Walsh added: “I reach the conclusion of road traffic collision in relation to Mr Hannah’s death. He sustained injuries that turned out to be much more serious than initially believed.”