Pensioner reversing accident

Pensioner Dies in Reversing Incident

A pensioner died after his wife accidentally reversed her car into him as he stepped out of the vehicle, an inquest has heard.

John Tulley, 83, was getting out of the car outside Manor Drive Medical Centre in Manor Drive, Worcester Park, for a routine appointment on February 14 last year, when he was crushed between a parked car and the car he had exited.

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In a statement read to an inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on Monday, April 20, witness Nick Stokell said he was turning into Manor Drive when he heard a “loud noise” and noticed a man who may have been stepping out of a car.

He said: “The impression I had then was a car [was] moving and it reversed very fast.

“As I got to the blue [parked] car, I realised it was locked and I saw an elderly man lying on the floor.

“He was unconscious and was not moving.”

Paramedics from London Ambulance Service were called, but Mr Tulley, who lived in nearby Idmiston Square, near Plough Green and Manor Park, Old Malden, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A month earlier, Mr Tulley had fallen out of his bed and injured his arm and was visiting the doctor’s surgery twice a week to have the dressings on his wound changed.

Reading from a collision investigation report, coroner Chinyere Inyama said: “Doris Tulley [his wife] was driving John Tulley to a doctor’s appointment.

“It is not clear how the accident occurred but what was clear was John Tulley was getting out the car when Mrs Tulley started to reverse at speed.

“Nothing suggests why Mrs Tulley reversed but she failed to observe her husband.”

Mr Inyama recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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