Road death inquest opens

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AN ELDERLY pedestrian died four days after he was in a collision in Chesterfield with an on-coming car.

Chesterfield coroner’s court heard on Tuesday, December 18, how Harry Widdowson, 79, of Derwent House care home, on St John’s Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, had been injured following the collision on Littlemoor near the Newbold Road junction.

Pc Andrew Prince told the hearing former foundry worker Mr Widdowson crossed one of two lanes about 2.20pm, on December 7, leading to the junction and stepped out from queuing traffic into the path of an on-coming car in the second lane.

He said: “At the junction with Littlemoor as it approaches Newbold Road there is a mini-roundabout and as the road approaches the junction there are two lanes. Mr Widdowson crossed the road and in lane two there were a number of vehicles waiting to turn right and he has walked out between them and stepped into lane one and there was an on-coming vehicle.”

The widower, according to the inquest, was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital but died on December 11 after suffering bleeding from injuries. Police launched an investigation. North Derbyshire Coroner Dr Robert Hunter adjourned the inquest for a date to be fixed.