06:00 Monday 19 May 2014

Pedestrian killed in Ely collision was dressed in dark clothing, inquest hears

Written byJORDAN DAY

A pedestrian was dressed head to toe in dark clothing when he was hit by two cars and killed, an inquest heard.

Edmundas Lymantas, 34, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision in Angel Drove, Ely –close to the entrance to the sewage works.

The collision occurred at around 8.15pm on December 1 last year and an inquest into Mr Lymantas’ death was held last Wednesday (May 14).

Mr Lymantas, of Aldeman Drive, Peterborough, was travelling home on the train when he got off at Ely station instead of Peterborough station by mistake.

He then walked the short distance to Tesco in Ely’s Angel Drove, where he purchased a £5 top-up voucher for his mobile phone. It is believed Mr Lymantas was calling a friend to arrange a lift from Ely to Peterborough when he was hit.

Mr Lymantas, who was dressed in black, was struck by a silver coloured Skoda Octavia and then a blue Kia Soul.

Giving evidence at the inquest, the driver of the Skoda, Justine Molyneux, from Witchford, said: “I was driving home along Angel Drove from the Soham direction.

“I suddenly saw a figure on the left-hand side of the car.

“One moment the road was clear and the next moment he was suddenly there.

“The next thing I knew the windscreen came crashing in on the passenger side where I had hit him.”

Mr Lymantas flipped off the windscreen and into the path of the Kia, which was approaching the Skoda from behind and was being driven by Martin Caswell.

Both drivers dialled 999 and emergency services attended, however Mr Lymantas was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest heard that Mr Lymantas had been drinking prior to the incident and toxicological tests showed he had 119 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80 micrograms.

Pc Simon Burgin, a collision investigator for Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Whilst the driver of the Skoda recognised the hazard, she had insufficient time to react in order to avoid the collision.

“There is no evidence to suggest that either of the vehicles were being driven in anything other than the correct manner. The cause was the pedestrian walking along an unlit road, dressed in dark clothing, into the path of oncoming vehicles.”

Coroner William Morris recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

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