Inquest rules death of Barningham man an accident

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A man struck by a van as he stood in a road was killed accidentally, an inquest has concluded.

Paul Bruce, 57, was one of two drivers who had stopped in Stanton Road, Barningham, on the night of March 12.

He was standing near his car when he was struck and killed by a passing van.

An inquest yesterday at Bury St Edmunds heard that Mr Bruce had been standing in the centre of the road when a van travelling in the opposite direction struck him.

In a statement, accident investigator Pc Rick Godden said Mr Bruce was ‘remonstrating’ with another driver when the accident happened.

Mr Bruce, of Hopton Road, Barningham, was thrown through the window of the van and landed on the road.

He suffered severe head injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

Pc Godden said: “It was not possible for the driver of the van to see either of the men standing in the road due to glare from headlights.”

A post-mortem examination confirmed Mr Bruce had died from a skull fracture.

Assistant deputy Suffolk coroner, Dr Dan Sharpstone, recorded Mr Bruce’s death as accidental, resulting from a road traffic accident.