Inquest hears of death of pensioner who was in collision with a bus (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Inquest hears of death of Marske pensioner who was in collision with a bus
THE death of a pensioner who was in collision with a bus on a busy street was recorded as accidental by a coroner today (Thursday, September 26).
Albert Jennings, who was 71, was hit by a single-decker Arriva bus on January 19, 2012 as he crossed The Wynd in Marske, near Redcar to meet his wife, the inquest at Teesside Magistrates' Court heard.
The father and grandfather from Marske sustained serious internal bleeding and swelling to his brain after the collision and life-support equipment at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough was turned off two days later.
The inquest was told Mr Jennings attempted to cross the road at an uncontrolled crossing close to the main roundabout. The sun was low and bright on the winter’s day and the bus driver, who had stopped at the roundabout, would have only had a two-second chance to see Mr Jennings as he stepped out in front on the vehicle.
Mr Jennings, a retired process worker, had attended a funeral earlier that day and then bought some scones at Greggs. He and the Greggs shop assistant, Hazel Bowyer, chatted until he said he had to meet his wife over the road at the pharmacist.
Valerie Newall was shopping and ran to the scene to help after hearing a “loud bang.” Someone handed her Mr Jennings’ glasses and she then had to give them to Mr Jennings’ distraught wife, Katrina.
Driver of the Number 81 bus, Ian Plumpton, did not give evidence at the inquest but his interview with police was read out. In the interview Mr Plumpton, a bus driver since 1982, explained he ran out after the accident and called emergency services. He said: “This bloke just came out of nowhere. He wasn’t there, and then he was.”
PC Ian Turner, a forensics expert, said there was nothing wrong with the bus and, despite the fact Mr Plumpton usually wore glasses, his eyesight was tested and was good enough to drive. He said the sun was low and bright and Mr Plumpton had very little reaction time.
Mr Jennings’s wife, Katrina, 68, was not available for comment after coroner Michael Sheffield recorded his verdict of accidental death. However she and the couple’s daughters, Tracie and Andrea, and grandchildren, Lauren and James, have issued a tribute to him saying he was much-loved.
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