A YOUNG boy and his mother have died after their car crashed into a pond, with the tragic scene not discovered until seven hours later.
Cops named the pair as Milan Peter Radocz, eight, and Vivien Radocz, 28,from Stamford, Lincolnshire, saying that they became trapped in the vehicle after it overturned into the water.
The tragedy occurred on the morning of September 3 last year while driving to Corby, Northamptonshire, after Vivien "failed to negotiate a sharp, left-hand bend" and came off the road.
Today's inquest at Peterborough Town Hall heard that their 2010 blue Ford Focus spun off through a chain-link fence and into the water at around 10.35am.
They were last seen on CCTV leaving the village of Wittering, Cambridgeshire a few minutes earlier.
It was discovered by a local man, who did not realise anyone was inside, hours later.
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RAF officer John Smith arrived at the pond to fish, before noticing that the fence on its border was pushed over and seeing two wheels above the surface.
He called guards at the nearby RAF base, who arrived soon after and called police at 6.20pm.
Only after emergency services arrived at did work to recover the pair begin.
A fire officer smashed the window and Milan was rushed to Peterborough Hospital in Cambridgeshire, where he was pronounced dead at 7.44pm.
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Vivien was recovered from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
She was found without her seatbelt on but a toxicology report revealed that she had no alcohol or drugs in her system at the time and she had no pre-existing medical conditions.
Her family told a liaison officer that she would tend to avoid unknown roads and used a SatNav to get around, but there was no evidence that she was using her phone when the crash took place.
PC Sean Redman said: "Why she steered an incorrect course is unknown.
"Her unfamiliarity with the road, a distraction or inattention or a combination appears to me to be the most likely factors in the course of this collision."
Coroner Simon Milburn recorded the cause of death as drowning following the crash.
He added: "I would like to pass on my condolences for the family's loss.
"It is difficult to imagine the extent of their grief of the loss of such a young child."
Milan and Vivien's family have returned to their native Hungary and have not released a statement.
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