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Vulnerable woman who shielded for nine months is hit and killed by a lorry after leaving home for the first time


A VULNERABLE woman who shielded for nine months on account of Covid was hit and killed by a lorry after leaving home for the first time.

Sarah Lewis grew to become distracted whereas untangling her face masks as she stepped into the highway in Weymouth, Dorset, final 12 months.


Sarah Lewis, 62, was killed by a lorry on her first time out of the home for nine monthsCredit: BNPS

At that second a lorry reversed onto the road and struck the 62-year-old.

She grew to become trapped beneath the automobile and was later pronounced lifeless at the scene.

An inquest heard that Ms Lewis was classed as clinically weak throughout the pandemic and spent nine months at home.

On November 16, she lastly left her home to drop her automotive off for an MOT at a storage.

After ready for a taxi, she crossed the highway whereas making an attempt to disentangle a masks from her purse.

It was then she wandered into the driver’s blind spot as he reversed.

Lorry driver Karl Stanton mentioned he turned off the radio, checked his mirrors and the highway round him however didn’t see Ms Lewis.

He mentioned he had been pressured to reverse as a result of there have been too many parked automobiles on the road in Lynch Lane.

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He mentioned: “On that day I just could not see anybody at all.”

PC Leanne Steedman mentioned that from the CCTV footage, Ms Lewis gave the impression to be “in a world of her own” as she dealt with her masks.

And PC Kelvin Edge, a forensic collision investigator, mentioned Ms Lewis appeared unaware of the lorry till it was too late.

The driver had only a few choices, in line with PC Edge, and he would have executed the identical manoeuvre, he mentioned.

A publish mortem examination discovered Ms Lewis died from a number of accidents which have been deadly.

Coroner Debbie Rookes instructed the Bournemouth inquest that there was no proof Ms Lewis meant to take her life and that it appeared she was utterly unaware of the lorry’s presence.

She concluded that Ms Lewis died from accidents induced by the accident and gave her condolences to the sufferer’s household.

She additionally said she can be writing to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to ask him to contemplate making rear-view cameras on the again of huge items autos obligatory.

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