Accidental death verdict for pensioner killed in lorry collision on Wimborne Road

Inquest into death of pensioner who died in Winton lorry accident

Inquest into death of pensioner who died in Winton lorry accident

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PEDESTRIANS have been urged to use designated crossings following the tragic death of a 77-year-old killed in a collision with a 40-ton truck on a busy Bournemouth road.

Margaret Howells suffered horrific injuries as she attempted to cross Wimborne Road, Winton in a front of an articulated lorry on July 12 last year, an inquest heard.

District coroner Sheriff Payne was told the driver did not see Mrs Howells as he edged his vehicle forwards in heavy lunchtime traffic.

He only realised he had collided with her when passers-by banged on his passenger door and raised their arms.

Lorry driver John Lewis from Lancashire described how pedestrians were “crossing and weaving in and out of cars” despite pelican crossings around 100m away in both directions.

Accident investigator PC Clifton Beard added: “The Highway Code says crossings should be used and pedestrians should not cross in front of vehicles with their engines running.

“It is inadvisable for a pedestrian to attempt to cross the road in close proximity to a large vehicle.”

Winton ward councillor Theo Stratton urged pedestrians to use crossings and said work is currently underway to attempt to reduce traffic on Wimborne Road.

And the above footage shows how busy Wimborne Road is during lunchtimes.

Cllr Stratton said: “Wimborne Road has always been a problem. We are looking into a few ideas to minimise the amount of traffic. I will discuss it with highways.”

The Bournemouth inquest heard Mrs Howells, of Cox Avenue, Bournemouth, was crossing from G&Ts in the direction of a coffee shop when the accident happened at 12.30pm.

She suffered a broken back and all but one of her ribs were broken. She died in the early hours of the following morning at Poole Hospital from multiple injuries.

Witness Shannon Shepheard told the inquest: “I saw the lorry start to move forward and hit the lady, which pushed her into the road. She disappeared from my view under the front of the lorry.

“I can only assume that the driver did not see the lady and he would not have felt the impact either.”

Mr Lewis added: “I was stunned to see what had happened, I could not believe what had gone on. I was in shock.”

Mrs Howells’ family said they do not blame Mr Lewis for the tragedy and added: “I am sure this has been as hard for you as it has for us.”

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Payne said: “He just did not see here at all, she was in a position where she was in a blind spot.

“It is quite clear to me that this was a complete accident. Nobody was to blame, it was just one of those sad things that can happen.”

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5:24pm Tue 5 Feb 13

FNS-man says...

There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened? FNS-man
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5:57pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Old Colonial says...

FNS-man wrote:
There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision. Old Colonial
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6:42pm Tue 5 Feb 13

FNS-man says...

Old Colonial wrote:
FNS-man wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.
I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots.

This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles.

How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.[/p][/quote]I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots. This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles. How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness. FNS-man
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11:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

mikey2gorgeous says...

What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away.
What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away. mikey2gorgeous
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1:53am Wed 6 Feb 13

billd766 says...

mikey2gorgeous wrote:
What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away.
How about he was probably making a delivery to a store close by.
[quote][p][bold]mikey2gorgeous[/bold] wrote: What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away.[/p][/quote]How about he was probably making a delivery to a store close by. billd766
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1:58am Wed 6 Feb 13

billd766 says...

FNS-man wrote:
Old Colonial wrote:
FNS-man wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.
I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots.

This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles.

How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness.
The vehicle was ONLY stationary because the traffic flow had briefly stopped.
Why did the woman not use the crossing?
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District coroner Sheriff Payne was told the driver did not see Mrs Howells as he edged his vehicle forwards in heavy lunchtime traffic.
Lorry driver John Lewis from Lancashire described how pedestrians were “crossing and weaving in and out of cars” despite pelican crossings around 100m away in both directions.
Accident investigator PC Clifton Beard added: “The Highway Code says crossings should be used and pedestrians should not cross in front of vehicles with their engines running.
“It is inadvisable for a pedestrian to attempt to cross the road in close proximity to a large vehicle.”
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.[/p][/quote]I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots. This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles. How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness.[/p][/quote]The vehicle was ONLY stationary because the traffic flow had briefly stopped. Why did the woman not use the crossing? Quote from the post District coroner Sheriff Payne was told the driver did not see Mrs Howells as he edged his vehicle forwards in heavy lunchtime traffic. Lorry driver John Lewis from Lancashire described how pedestrians were “crossing and weaving in and out of cars” despite pelican crossings around 100m away in both directions. Accident investigator PC Clifton Beard added: “The Highway Code says crossings should be used and pedestrians should not cross in front of vehicles with their engines running. “It is inadvisable for a pedestrian to attempt to cross the road in close proximity to a large vehicle.” billd766
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6:08am Wed 6 Feb 13

yesitsmeagain says...

FNS-man wrote:
There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again yesitsmeagain
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6:10am Wed 6 Feb 13

yesitsmeagain says...

yesitsmeagain wrote:
FNS-man wrote:
There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again
happening again ooops
[quote][p][bold]yesitsmeagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again[/p][/quote]happening again ooops yesitsmeagain
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11:49am Wed 6 Feb 13

rayc says...

yesitsmeagain wrote:
FNS-man wrote:
There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again
With these sensors going off due to the close proximity of pedestrians on the pavement and also crossing in front and behind of the lorry will traffic actually move?
If we are going to provide more legislation how about making jaywalking an offence as in the US?
[quote][p][bold]yesitsmeagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]I agree with you , I am an HGV driver and am based in winton and use this road all the time and still see people doing the same thing , Time for the sensors to be fitted to all lorrys to stop this happening which are available , lorrys have no choice but to use these roads and pedestrians will go where they want , Only makes sense to do all we can to stop it again[/p][/quote]With these sensors going off due to the close proximity of pedestrians on the pavement and also crossing in front and behind of the lorry will traffic actually move? If we are going to provide more legislation how about making jaywalking an offence as in the US? rayc
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12:57pm Wed 6 Feb 13

mikey2gorgeous says...

billd766 wrote:
mikey2gorgeous wrote:
What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away.
How about he was probably making a delivery to a store close by.
Then we should put daytime weight restrictions in place. Let the lorries deliver out of shopping hours or use smaller vehicles.

Winton has so much through traffic - it's extremely unpleasant as a shopping area for the old and young alike.
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikey2gorgeous[/bold] wrote: What the hell is a 40 ton artic doing driving through a busy shopping centre? There's arterial roads less than a tenth of a mile away.[/p][/quote]How about he was probably making a delivery to a store close by.[/p][/quote]Then we should put daytime weight restrictions in place. Let the lorries deliver out of shopping hours or use smaller vehicles. Winton has so much through traffic - it's extremely unpleasant as a shopping area for the old and young alike. mikey2gorgeous
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9:04pm Sun 10 Feb 13

FNS-man says...

billd766 wrote:
FNS-man wrote:
Old Colonial wrote:
FNS-man wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?
Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.
I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots.

This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles.

How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness.
The vehicle was ONLY stationary because the traffic flow had briefly stopped.
Why did the woman not use the crossing?
Quote from the post
District coroner Sheriff Payne was told the driver did not see Mrs Howells as he edged his vehicle forwards in heavy lunchtime traffic.
Lorry driver John Lewis from Lancashire described how pedestrians were “crossing and weaving in and out of cars” despite pelican crossings around 100m away in both directions.
Accident investigator PC Clifton Beard added: “The Highway Code says crossings should be used and pedestrians should not cross in front of vehicles with their engines running.
“It is inadvisable for a pedestrian to attempt to cross the road in close proximity to a large vehicle.”
She crossed the road because, like the old joke, she wanted to get to the other side. Like pretty much any pedestrian would.
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: There is no need for lorries to have blind spots. A properly-equipped lorry will have none. How many people need to die before the law in this area is tightened?[/p][/quote]Every vehicle has blind spots. Drivers cannot be expected to have 360 degree vision.[/p][/quote]I repeat, a properly-equipped lorry need not have any blind spots. This woman was crossing in front of a stationary vehicle. How can it not be that driver's responsibility to check whether there is someone in front of him? It's not like she ran out in front of speeding vehicles. How the hell can we allow vehicles onto roads where the driver cannot see if there is a person standing right in front of the vehicle or not? In this situation there were loads of pedestrians crossing the road. And the driver is in a vehicle that makes it impossible for him to know whether he's going to kill someone or not when he pulls off? Madness.[/p][/quote]The vehicle was ONLY stationary because the traffic flow had briefly stopped. Why did the woman not use the crossing? Quote from the post District coroner Sheriff Payne was told the driver did not see Mrs Howells as he edged his vehicle forwards in heavy lunchtime traffic. Lorry driver John Lewis from Lancashire described how pedestrians were “crossing and weaving in and out of cars” despite pelican crossings around 100m away in both directions. Accident investigator PC Clifton Beard added: “The Highway Code says crossings should be used and pedestrians should not cross in front of vehicles with their engines running. “It is inadvisable for a pedestrian to attempt to cross the road in close proximity to a large vehicle.”[/p][/quote]She crossed the road because, like the old joke, she wanted to get to the other side. Like pretty much any pedestrian would. FNS-man
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