A woman who had been sheltering in her home due to Covid-19 was hit by a truck as she was untangling her mask at the time of the incident, her inquest was told.
62-year-old woman dies after being hit by a truck while it was backing up
Sarah Lewis, 62, from Weymouth, Dorset was trapped and killed during her first journey in public since entering the lock-up because of covid-19
Her inquest said footage showed Ms Lewis walking behind a reversing freight lorry which struck and killed her
Shocked onlookers warned the driver and tried to comfort Ms Lewis until emergency workers arrived.
According to the DorsetEcho, Ms.Lewis was waiting for a cab when she decided to cross the street. She was distracted by her face mask which was tangled in her handbag when she stepped out into the road.
The coroner told the inquest that Ms. Lewis was “completely unaware of the presence of the truck.” Investigators heard that firefighters were able to rescue MsLewis from under the truck, but unfortunately she died at the scene.
The driver of the truck, Karl Stanton, said he was forced to reverse because there were too many cars parked on the road.
He said that before he began his maneuver he turned off the radio. He said he looked in his rearview mirror and at the road around him and did not see Ms. Lewis.
Eyewitnesses said the truck’s lights were flashing and they could hear the loud beeping warning that the vehicle was reversing. Reports redacted that Ms. Lewis entered a blind spot directly behind the truck.