A PENSIONER who was killed after being involved in a collision with a lorry on the A31 took her own life, an inquest heard.

Susan McIvor was struck by the DAF large goods vehicle after she deliberately ran out in front of it just after 8am on May 19, the hearing was told yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the scene- including police and ambulance crews - but Mrs McIvor, of Elgin Road, Bournemouth, died.

As reported at the time, the crash - which occurred eastbound between Burley services and Bratley Arch - saw the carriageway closed for several hours.

A number of motorists were reportedly seen driving the wrong way down the dual-carriageway to escape the queues.

Winchester Coroner’s Court heard how Mrs McIvor, a retired Civil Servant, was suffering from a severe mental illness at the time of the incident.

A pathologist confirmed to the court that the 72-year-old died as a result of multiple injuries.

The court was also shown dashcam footage from a passing lorry which was travelling westbound. The clip showed Mrs McIvor moving into the path of the heavy goods vehicle.

Police confirmed the driver of the long-distance HGV was unhurt in the crash, at the time of the incident.

He had been questioned by Hampshire police officers after Mrs McIvor’s death sparked an investigation. But it had been proven there was no case for criminal proceedings.

Senior corner Grahame Short recorded a conclusion of death by suicide.