A MAN killed himself after diving in front of a lorry, an inquest heard yesterday.
Michael Wilkinson, 65, suffered massive head injuries after crouching near his home on Huddersfield Road, Battyeford, then throwing himself in front of the 40-ton articulated vehicle.
Driver Peter Brierley said he was so close to Mr Wilkinson he had no chance to stop.
The collision happened just after 5am on Thursday, September 25, near the Pear Tree pub.
Mr Brierley added: "I am convinced he saw me approach. He didn't stumble. He dived into the path of the vehicle, as if diving into a swimming pool, with his arms in front."
The inquest heard that divorcee Mr Wilkinson had suffered from a chronic chest infection for many years.
The day before his death he had been to Dewsbury District General's accident and emergency unit to complain about shortness of breath.
Mirfield couple Lesley and David Hartley said they had known Mr Wilkinson for eight years.
He had told Mrs Hartley he did want to live with ill-health and did not want to lose his dignity if he became ill. He told her on the day he went to hospital that he should be dead.
A note was found at his home.
Pathologist Beverley Cadman said the right-hand side of Mr Wilkinson's skull was completely crushed. Death would have been instantaneous.
Kirklees Coroner Roger Whittaker said Mr Wilkinson, a retired refuse collector, had intended to take his own life.