Man hit by train was suicide, inquest rules
Memorial fund set up in bid to promote counselling for young people
Robert Clark Bentley, 21, died on Friday April 28 after being hit by a train near Beaconsfield train station.
British Transport Police confirmed that a man had been hit on the line just before the afternoon rush hour.
Officers and emergency services were called to the line at around 3.50pm and attended with paramedics, where it was confirmed the collision was fatal and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lines reopened after an hour, with delays of more than an hour being reported between Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe.
Some trains were cancelled and commuters were told to find alternate routes by the company.
Assistant coroner Alison McCormick returned a verdict of suicide at Beaconsfield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday August 30.
She gave the cause of death as 1a: decapitation and 1b: train collision.
A memorial fund was set up shortly after the Waller Road resident’s tragic death by Mr Bentley’s father, and money raised from it would fund counselling.
A statement on the website of The Robert Bentley Memorial Fund says it is “directly funding counselling for young adults in Robert’s home towns in Buckinghamshire and Powys in Wales”.
It adds: “The aim of the fund is to remove barriers to counselling, real or imaginary, for those that urgently need it.
“Sadly the resources to provide counselling to young adults on the day that they may consider seeking help are not always available.
“By supporting the Robert Bentley Memorial Fund you will be helping to provide a service that fills a gap right now. One hour of counselling costs the fund £40. Every donation, however small, will go towards buying professional help for someone in need.”
The fund had raised more than £1,000 by the time the Advertiser went to press.
Visit http://www.robertbentley.org.uk/ for more information.