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Inquest hears of man's death after Rod Stewart concert

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Waterlooville man run over by truck on A339 after falling in the road following heavy drinking

A MAN from Waterlooville, Hampshire, was killed after being run over by a lorry following a night of heavy drinking at the Rod Stewart concert at Newbury Racecourse in May this year, an inquest heard last Wednesday.

The man, 55-year-old Patrick Foxcroft, wearing predominantly dark clothing, apparently fell in the road on May 30 and was lying on the southbound carriageway of the on the A339 near Aldren Bridge in the early hours of the morning before being run over by a Volvo lorry.

Mr Foxcroft had been drinking at the concert before parting with his friends and toxicologists reported a large amount of alcohol in his blood – enough to severely intoxicate a moderate drinker – the inquest heard.

In a statement read by the assistant deputy coroner for Berkshire, Anna Burnside, the driver of the lorry, Randolph Vaughan, said he was on his way back from a delivery to Sainsbury's in Newbury when he saw what appeared to be a blanket or some debris lying in the road, but as he approached, he realised it was a person.

He swerved to avoid it, but felt the lorry's wheels pass over the body.

During the inquest, forensic collision investigator Simon Bishop said that the markings on the lorry were consistent with a collision with a body that was already lying down.

He said that there was no evidence that the vehicle had been speeding.

The coroner returned an open verdict, because she said there was no definitive evidence to indicate why Mr Foxcroft was lying in the road.

Following the inquest, Mr Foxcroft's wife, Helen Foxcroft, said: β€œHe was a lovely person. The last time he called me he told me that he could not live without me. He loved his family and he loved his children.”

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