"'Traffic was light and I'm sure he would have had ample opportunity to make a safe passage across the carriageway'."
"'This tragic death occurred as a result of Mr Waugh taking his own life'."
Partner's pain after 'tragic' death of man
Tuesday, July 07, 2009, 06:30
"I LOVE him and I miss him."
These were the words of Angela Heseltine after the inquest into the death of her partner, Michael Waugh.
As reported, Mr Waugh died on January 9, after he was hit by a lorry on the A46 near Holton-le-Moor.
The inquest at Horncastle Register Office concluded Mr Waugh, of Littlecoates Road, Grimsby, deliberately ran into the path of the vehicle.
He was seen by three different witnesses on the morning of his death walking along the grass verge next to the southbound carriageway of the A46.
Mrs Heseltine told the inquest she "had no doubt at all" that her partner, who had become anxious about his business and had self-harmed on several occasions, committed suicide
Tony Shucksmith, the driver of the lorry, said Mr Waugh stepped out into the road just as the vehicle approached him.
Mr Shucksmith moved out towards the centre of the carriageway, leaving what he believed to be ample space, but then heard a "big bang".
His passenger, Paul Atkin, told the inquest he saw Mr Waugh run out towards the lorry and hit the front left corner of the vehicle.
Nikita Brown, who was driving in a car behind the lorry, said she did not witness the collision but saw Mr Waugh step out into the road and the lorry swerve.
The results of a tachograph showed the lorry would have been travelling at between 47 and 50mph – the legal limit for that vehicle – prior to the collision with Mr Waugh.
An examination of the lorry revealed no defects likely to cause an accident.
A dark grey Volkswagen Polo, which belonged to Mr Waugh, was parked in a layby 150 metres north of the scene.
Inside was a third-full bottle of wine, with a glass tumbler which contained traces of liquid similar in colour to the liquid in the bottle.
A post-mortem revealed Mr Waugh had been drinking alcohol, but that he was still below the legal drink-drive limit.
In a statement read out at the inquest, Mr Waugh's partner Angela Heseltine said he had been suffering from anxiety brought on by money worries and concern for his sister, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
She recalled several attempts at self-harming. After an overdose in November, Mr Waugh was admitted to the mental health ward at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, and started on anti- depressants.
He was discharged on November 18, but re-admitted two days later after harming himself.
Dr Kielan, an inpatient consultant psychiatrist at the hospital, said Mr Waugh's mental condition improved enough for him to be discharged again on December 16.
Mrs Heseltine said: "He seemed to be responding well. We had a good Christmas and quiet New Year."
After a period of caring for her partner, Mrs Heseltine returned to work on January 9.
That evening she received a call from police informing her that he was dead.
She said: "He had no need to worry. We had no debt and plenty of savings."
Recording a verdict of suicide, assistant deputy coroner Paul Smith said: "I do not consider that this attempt by Mr Waugh can be classified as carelessness, and there is no evidence as to why he started to cross that road at that time.
"Traffic was light and I'm sure he would have had ample opportunity to make a safe passage across the carriageway.
"This tragic death occurred as a result of Mr Waugh taking his own life."