Final moments of troubled soul who wandered into M62 traffic

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Final moments of troubled soul who wandered into M62 traffic

Final moments of troubled soul who wandered into M62 traffic
2022-01-07 12:11:00
The final moments of a man killed by a lorry after stepping out into motorway traffic have been revealed at an inquest into his death. Nathaniel Hickie, 34, was killed on the M62 westbound carriageway near Howden at around 11pm on Monday, December 14, 2020. For the latest Courts news, click here. Hull Coroner's Court heard Mr Hickie had a long history of struggles with alcoholism and had consumed alcohol prior to the crash. His sister told the inquest: “Nate's death was a shock to us all and yet in a way the bizarreness was familiar. The scene of Mr Hickie's death, with emergency services in attendance (Image: Sean Stewart) “My feelings is that Nate's death was a tragic accident with two victims – Nate and the HGV driver.” Coroner Lorraine Harris concluded that Mr Hickie's death was due to multiple traumatic injuries from a road traffic collision. The court heard that he had been detained under the Mental Health Act six days before his death after he was seen running in and out of traffic while drunk. Mr Hickie left home suddenly at 18, the court heard, later becoming an alcoholic who was sometimes homeless. He told a support worker the month before his death: “I want to get clean, or I'll be dead.” On the day of the fatal crash, it was found that Mr Hickie had 161 milligrams of alcohol in his blood and small traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major psychoactive constituent of cannabis. On the night of December 14, 2020, a driver contacted the police out of concern for Mr Hickie's welfare, who he had seen wandering on the A164 and towards the M62. Mr Hickie was wearing dark clothing. Mr Hickie died near Junction 37 of the M62, near Howden (Image: Geograph/Alex McGregor) The driver of the HGV which hit Mr Hickie was driving at 53mph – the maximum speed of the vehicle – just before the collision shortly at around 11pm that night. He braked heavily and swerved upon seeing Nathan Hickie walking diagonally in front of him in lane 1 of the westbound carriageway with his back to traffic. The lorry driver called 999 immediately and two police constables adminstered CPR before paramedics arrives. Where to get help for alcohol problems Alcoholics Anonymous has a national helpline on 0800 9177 650. Anyone struggling with alcohol can also get in touch on [email protected] or message someone directly through their website. Summarising, Coroner Lorraine Harris said of Nathan Hickie: “I note he did have a troubled life but he was very much loved.” She added: “Mr Hickie appeared to lack the critical judgement to realise this would end his life”. Ms Harris said she would write to the Highways Agency about the evidence in the case: “I think if there was appropriate lighting there, it could have been more helpful for the driver.” To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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