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A man who spent four days in a coma after a car crash in which his wife and four-year-old daughter were killed in 2012 has described his final moments as “horrific” and “horribly frightening”.

The father of three from the north-west Queensland town of Cairns has died at the age of 53 after being admitted to hospital with cardiac arrest, his family has said.

A Queensland Coroners Court heard Mr Bynum, an electrician, was taken to hospital after the crash on December 15, 2012.

He died in the intensive care unit of the Queensland Health Department’s Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on December 23.

His wife and three-year old daughter were pronounced dead.

Mr Bynums mother, Joanne Bynumer, told the inquest she and his two daughters were travelling from Queensland to the Gold Coast when he lost consciousness on the freeway.

She said the driver of the car that slammed into them told her he lost control and crashed.

“He said he lost his mind and crashed,” she said.

“I think he was scared.

I didn’t know if he was going to survive the accident.”

Joanne Bymers father, Jim Bynunum, said he was the “best man” for his wife’s funeral and that he “had no idea what was going on”.

He told the court his wife was “one of the nicest people” and he had no idea why she had died.

“The truth is, I had no clue what was happening to her,” Mr Bymums father said.

The court heard the car crashed into the car park of a shopping centre.

It was a difficult moment for the family as they had to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, the coroner heard.

They were still recovering from the impact and were unable to move the body from the carpark, but they were able to find the woman’s body at the bottom of a culvert.

The coroner, Fiona O’Donovan, said she was “disappointed and devastated” by the loss of Mr Bysom and that her “deepest sympathy goes out to his family”.

She said her thoughts and prayers were with the family and the driver.

Ms O’Doran said her office had been told the coroner would have a public inquiry into the death.

She also said the investigation into the crash was continuing and would seek to determine what happened.

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