Pedestrian, 76, died at road crossing after walking in lorry's blind spot

Inquest told elderly man died after being hit by HGV at less than 3mph in Lisson Grove

Friday, 31st March 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Westminster Coroner's Court

The inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard Dennis Carbon’s death was an accident 

AN elderly man was killed by a lorry travelling at less than three miles an hour, an inquest heard. Dennis Carbon, 76, was hit after he stepped out onto a crossing near the junction with Church Street, Lisson Grove, when the pedestrian lights were red, the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.

The driver would not have seen Mr Carbon, who was originally from Dominica, as he crossed in front of the lorry in the vehicle’s blind-spot, according to police investigators. Temporary traffic lights further up the road had caused a tailback, with traffic moving through very slowly in a stop-start manner and the lorry followed suit, knocking Mr Carbon onto the ground and then pushing into him.

Collisions investigator PC Martin Fearon told the inquest: “With vehicles of this type the driver sits very high. It gives them very good long-range vision. Unfortunately it also creates some adverse effects. It creates blind-spots very close to the vehicle. The only way the driver would have seen him is if he had checked his front close-proximity mirror.”

No criminal proceedings were brought against the driver, who had a green light to go, and was not called to give evidence.

A statement from the driver was read out to court. It said he had not seen Mr Carbon and “wasn’t even doing three miles an hour”.

Mr Carbon, a single man, lived in Missenden House in Jerome Crescent, Lisson Grove. The inquest heard that he regularly went out on his own and walked “with a slow shuffle with a walking stick”.

Three independent witnesses confirmed the pedestrian lights were red when Mr Carbon stepped into the road on the morning of September 2 2015. Witnesses recalled a motorcyclist stopping and attempting to give Mr Carbon CPR before emergency services arrived, but it was unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the inquest, the victim’s cousin, Christina Daniel, told the West End Extra: “He was a loving and caring relative. “He had been in the country for 50 years and he was always extremely careful at crossings.”

Ms Daniel said that when she visited Mr Carbon at his home, he would warn her to be careful at that junction as the lights did not give you long to cross.

Mr Carbon died from severe spinal injuries as a result of the collision. Assistant coroner Dr William Dolman recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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