A binge drinker was killed as he was struck by a caravan after running in and out of the road in the early hours of the morning, an inquest has heard.
Seconds earlier Dominic Goddard, 23, had narrowly avoided being struck by a taxi and was heard by a resident shouting: ‘The next car that’s going to come down here, I’m going to let it run me over.’
An inquest at Huddersfield Coroner's court on Wednesday heard how the driver of the next vehicle swerved and avoided Dominic in the road but he was struck by its towing caravan and dragged underneath.
Despite paramedics and a doctor attending the collision in Church Lane, Gomersal, Dominic was pronounced dead at the scene.
The horrific collision at around 1.30am on December 27 was witnessed by his girlfriend Kirsty Eastwood who had been begging him to get out of the road, following an argument fuelled by vodka and beer.
The court heard the pair had been asked to leave a nearby party after Dominic became increasingly ‘emotional and agitated’.
Miss Eastwood started to phone a taxi but as they walked along Church Lane, Dominic continued to shout at Kirsty accusing her of ‘not loving him’ and began walking ‘in and out of the middle of the road’.
She said he had previously walked in the road and moved out of the path of a car when she had tried to leave his house and she believed he was doing it to get a reaction.
Kirsty told the court: “The caravan started coming down the road. He was standing near me and then moved into the road.”
Pc Martin Ward of West Yorkshire Police Collision Investigation Unit confirmed it was a caravan being towed by a Jaguar X Type Saloon along Church Lane which struck Dominic, of Platt Square, Cleckheaton, causing him to fall to the ground and become trapped and dragged a short distance until it came to a stop.
He said there were no defects or faults with the car or the caravan and it had been travelling below the speed limit at the time of the collision.
He added: “At the point of impact he (Dominic) was well into the road.”
Witness Helen Kilray said she woke to hear shouting and got up and saw from her front window a woman and a man on the pavement and as they got closer she saw the male ‘running in and out of the road’,
She said: “I can’t remember how many times he did it. He was shouting at the girl. She was very distressed. He was extremely agitated, waving his arms about.
“He shouted, the next car that’s going to come down here I’m going to let it run me over’,
The witness told how she then heard an ‘almighty bang’ and then a car and caravan came into view.
Car driver Terrance Stocks had been setting off with his wife to go on holiday at the time of the collision.
Mr Stocks was driving the Jaguar and told in his statement how he saw a man walking in and out of the road and swerved out of his path to avoid him but heard ‘a thud’ and immediately realised the caravan had hit him.
Coroner Burke confirmed that Mr Stocks was driving at ‘relatively low speed’ at the time of the collision.
A post mortem carried out showed Dominic had suffered multiple injuries and had drunk the equivalent of 12 pints of beer.
Mrs Burke concluded that Dominic died as a result of an ‘unintentended consequence of a deliberate act’, namely a road traffic accident.
She expressed sympathy to Mr Goddard’s family who were present in court.