Husband killed in crash over takeaway argument with wife

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Husband killed in crash over takeaway argument with wife

A West Midlands man has been killed in a car crash after his attention was diverted from the road due to an argument over a takeaway.

Mechanic Paul Graham, 49, of Wednesbury was travelling along the A461 in Walsall with his wife Denise when the disagreement erupted.

The couple – who had been married less than a year – had been arguing as they couldn't decide where to go and pick up some food.

"He knocked my mobile phone and handbag off my lap on to the floor," said Denise to the Daily Mail.

As they continued to fight over the handbag, Mr Graham lost control of his car and veered into oncoming traffic.

His Chrysler Crossfire struck a Peugeot 307, which was shunted into a nearby garden wall.

Mrs Graham, who suffered severe leg injuries in the collision, described how when she saw her husband slumped over the steering wheel, she knew that he was dead.

"My world as I knew it just fell apart and I had lost the love of my life," she told police.

Accident investigators later discovered that neither Mr Graham or his wife had been wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision, though there was also no evidence that the car had been speeding.

The occupants of the Peugeot 307 were taken to hospital for treatment but escaped without serious injuries.

Mr Graham leaves behind a 22-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.