Pedestrian death was an accident

DRIVERS were horrified after seeing a man fall in front of a travelling lorry near Pilgrim Hospital, a coroner has heard.

A 12-year-old boy, who was on the way to Skegness with his family, was one of the people who saw Timothy Sharpe when he was hit by a Volvo lorry on a busy Sunday morning at the beginning of October.

Mr Sharpe, formerly of Rowley Road in Boston, died instantly from his injuries, according to the coroner’s officer.

In an inquest at County Hall on Friday morning, Richard Linnell, who had been driving in the opposite direction when the incident occurred, said: “He was walking and stopped at the edge of the kerb, looked up at the lorry and stepped or fell into the road and was hit on the head by the nearside of the lorry.

“I couldn’t tell if he stepped or fell.”

In a statement read out in court the driver of the lorry Harold Stevenson said he braked as soon as he saw Mr Sharpe, who was 56.

Pc Stewart Cooke, who was involved in the investigation following the incident, told Boston coroner Maureen Taylor: “The driver of the lorry could have done very little to avoid the impact.

“He would not have been expecting Mr Sharpe to cross the road or fall in front of him. It would have been impossible for him to stop when he saw Mr Sharpe enter the road.”

Ms Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death following the inquest.

She said: “It’s clear he must have seen the lorry, whether or not it registered I don’t know, but in the circumstances there is no evidence to support a suicide verdict.”