OAP died after car park incidentBy Laura Herbert
May 09, 2012
An elderly man who stumbled into the path of a reversing car while shopping at Tesco in Wokingham died in hospital, an inquest heard.
Alan Greenway was carrying shopping bags back to his car at the store in Finchampstead Road on November 24, last year, when he fell as a Vauxhall Astra reversed.
An inquest into his death at Windsor Guildhall heard Mr Greenway, 80, was taken to hospital where he later underwent an operation on a fractured left femur.
In a statement read to the court, Andrew Prosser, driver of the Vauxhall Astra, said he stopped behind two cars that gave way to pedestrians on the zebra crossing.
Mr Prosser, who was 20 at the time, said in statement that he reversed slowly to allow a car to leave the car park and saw a man stumbling in his right mirror.
The statement, written by PC Jim Lovell, said: “At the same time he heard a thud sound coming from the rear of his vehicle, like a hand hitting the rear of his car.
“Mr Prosser believes the man moved into his blind spot.
“He believes he was stationary for eight to 12 seconds. He believes the man caused the accident by crossing behind his car and not using the zebra crossing.”
PC Kevin Spiller, a forensic collision investigator, said: “It hasn’t been possible to conclude whether any contact between the pedestrian and the Vauxhall occurred.”
The inquest on Thursday, May 3, which was attended by Mr Greenway’s daughter Lorraine Saligo and her husband, was told Mr Greenway, of Pinewood Caravan Park, was admitted to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on the day of his fall and underwent an operation the following day to treat a fractured left femur.
Surgeon Hugh Chissell told the inquest Mr Greenway’s operation was complex, but had been a success.
At around 8.50pm on November 27 Mr Greenway began vomiting and suffered an aspiration, blocking his airways. He was pronounced dead after 40 minutes of resuscitation.
The coroners’ court heard pathologist Dr Norman Ratcliffe noted Mr Greenway also suffered with severe heart disease.
Recording a narrative verdict Ravi Sidhu, deputy coroner for Berkshire, said: “These matters are always a tragedy.
“It is tempting to say but for him being at Tesco we wouldn’t be here.
“But for Mr Prosser, who I don’t blame whatsoever, his intention was well formed.
“It was a blind spot and regrettably the person in that blind spot was an elderly gentleman who wasn’t in the best of health. I don’t know if there was contact or not but it caused your father to fall.”
He continued: “Mr Chissell said it was unusual for your father to have aspirated in the circumstances that he did. We can’t be sure he had a cardiac arrest before or after it.”
Mr Sidhu added: “It would be off target for me to call this a natural death – the sequence of events are hardly natural.”