Gosport pensioner died after stepping in front of car

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AN ELDERLY man who was killed after walking in front of a car on a busy road died as a result of a tragic accident, a coroner ruled.

An inquest heard how 89-year-old Roy Elderfield, of Seaward Towers, Gosport, was crossing South Street in the town to go to the Post Office.

He had got half way across the road when Sean Perry, who was driving along South Street towards the Gosport Ferry, saw him.

But Mr Elderfield did not look up to see the oncoming car and he was hit by Mr Perry’s Mitsubishi.

Mr Perry told the court that he was only driving at about 20mph and that Mr Elderfield had not looked before stepping out.

‘He got to the centre and looked like he stopped as he got a bit closer,’ he said.

‘I didn’t see him look in my direction at all. I just hit my brakes and tried to swerve away from him but being that close I didn’t have a chance.’

Passers-by kept Mr Elderfield talking while an ambulance was on the way.

Valerie Hockley was the first to speak to Mr Elderfield after the accident on October 30 last year.

‘I asked him his name and his address and how was he feeling,’ she said.

‘He turned round to me and said “why did I do that? Why did I walk out?”. I said to him “I can’t answer that”.’

Mr Elderfield was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but he died early the next morning.

A post mortem examination showed that Mr Elderfield had suffered a haemorrhage as a result of a pelvic fracture.

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south east Hampshire, said: ‘On the basis of all of this I have to conclude that Mr Elderfield’s death has been due to an accident.

‘Sadly he hasn’t looked in Mr Perry’s direction and hasn’t been aware of him before he stepped into his path.

‘This was a totally unforeseen thing. Things happened too quickly. Nobody is to blame for this.’

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.