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Inquest hears Worlington Hall Hotel chef ran in front of lorry on A11 at Barton Mills




A chef who ended his life by running in front of a lorry on the A11 had left a note asking family and friends to 'forget about me', an inquest has heard.

Philip Adams, 32, had battled depression and been upset about not seeing his young daughter more often.

Mr Adams, who lived and worked at Worlington Hall Hotel, was struck by a Royal Mail articulated lorry travelling between Heathrow and Norwich shortly before 3am on June 7 last year.

The corroner recorded an open conclusion (27279240)
The corroner recorded an open conclusion (27279240)

Today's inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, in Ipswich, was told Richard Barnard, the driver of the lorry, had swerved as Mr Adams appeared in the middle of the A11 at Chalk Hill, Barton Mills, but was unable to avoid an impact.

Emergency services called to the scene, close to the Worlington slip road, discovered Mr Adams, who had suffered severe multiple injuries.

Paramedic Jamie Sykes said in a statement every effort was made to save Mr Adams but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

The inquest heard that although Mr Adams had suffered with depression and had debts there had been no indications that he was at risk of self harm.

In a statement Joanne Hammick, his former partner and mother of his young daughter, said he had taken the job at Worlington to be closer to his daughter in Norfolk.

The night he died, Mr Adams had sent Ms Hammick a text message in which he said: "I'm at the end of the road now. One day you will see that all I did was for you."

The coroner said notes discovered in Mr Adams' room at Worlington Hall Hotel made it clear that he had intended the outcome of his actions.

In one note he had written: "I'm sorry but forget about me. Life is too short to dwell on me."

In another, he spoke of the joy his daughter had brought him but said he did not see enough of her.

A post-mortem examination conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love showed Mr Adams died as a result of severe skull and chest fractures.

Richard Godden, forensic collision investigator, told the inquest the area the collision took place had no normal access for pedestrians, was unlit and Mr Adams had been wearing dark-coloured clothing.

The coroner said: "I don't think we will ever know why Phil did what he did."

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mr Parsley said Mr Adams had told his mother his job would allow him to pay off his debts within a few months and that he was happy.

After the inquest, Susan Adams said of her son: "He was larger than life. He was an integral part of our family and was much loved and will be really, really missed."


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