Law graduate, 24, fell to death from 30ft bridge after car burst into flames

A law graduate fell 30ft from a bridge after her car burst into flames, a coroner has concluded.

Azra Kemal, 24, was travelling home to London with a friend in the early hours of July 16 when the car they were in caught fire, forcing them to escape.

However, the talented trainee lawyer plunged through a gap between the two sides of the carriageway, MyLondon reports.

An inquest into her death resumed at the Shepway Centre in Maidstone, Kent, on Monday, with Ms Kemal’s mum, Nevres, seated at the front with her daughter’s godparents.

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Around 2.34am the pair were travelling along the A21 near Tonbridge in Kent when Ms Kemal’s car caught fire, forcing her and her friend to leave the vehicle and seek safety.

The pair tried to flag down passing cars, but traffic began to build up on the other side behind the burning car.

As Ms Kemal sought to make her way back across the road, she is believed to have fallen down a gap in the central reservation and suffered “catastrophic” injuries.

Nevres spoke at the hearing about what happened to her daughter and questioned witnesses. She called for CCTV, lighting, a barrier and signs to be installed at the location, as well as a hard shoulder.

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She told the inquest: “My daughter lost her life. May she be the last person who loses her life – or their life – please can you ensure that this is reviewed.”

In response, Nicola Bell, from Highways England, said: “Any accident is absolutely tragic and I am sorry for your loss and there are some points today that you raised that I will of course take away.”

Her mum described her as a “tormented soul” and the inquest heard that her “mission” was to help those in her community who were less fortunate.

Assistant coroner Alan Blunsdon concluded that Ms Kemal died as a result of misadventure.

He said he was satisfied that she had consumed alcohol to the level where she was observed to be unsteady on her feet.

He added: “The likely physical impairment caused by consumption of alcohol and the emotional rollercoaster experienced by Azra that night are likely to have contributed to a lack of clear judgement.”

He also paid tribute to Ms Kemal’s mum, who, he said, had been present in “harrowing circumstances” on both days of the inquest.

A memorial gathering was reportedly held at Priory Park in Haringey on July 17 in memory of Ms Kemal.

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Speaking after the inquest, Ms Kemal described her daughter as “feisty” and “full of life” who never tried to deny who she was.

She added: “Azra was everything you could possibly imagine.

“She had frankness and honesty and integrity, which is a gift.”

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