Stu­dent Luke’s death at Paris sta­tion ‘ac­ci­den­tal’

Teenager had been drink­ing heav­ily be­fore train col­li­sion

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The death of a teenager who was hit by a train in Paris has been ruled as a tragic ac­ci­dent.

Luke McCarthy, 19, from Wye, had been study­ing in the French cap­i­tal and had been at a party with other stu­dents on the night of his death.

An in­quest heard how the for­mer Nor­ton Knatch­bull School pupil had been drink­ing heav­ily on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26, 2015.

Luke had gone to La Motte Pic­quet Grenelle, the un­der­ground sta­tion, to get the tube home but fell into the path of an on­com­ing train.

He was given first aid at the scene and taken to hos­pi­tal but died of head and chest in­juries at 4.40am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, the hear­ing was told.

Po­lice ini­tially thought the vic­tim was his friend Thomas Mans­field be­cause the coat he was wear­ing had his name on it.

But Mr Mans­field, who had also been at the party, gave a state­ment to po­lice say­ing he had lent Luke his coat when he left be­cause he could not find his own.

Mr Mans­field said Luke had been drink­ing ear­lier in the day and it was “not the first time he had drunk too much”.

In a state­ment to French po­lice, the train driver said he saw Luke “jump in front of the train”, but Chris Mor­ris, as­sis­tant coro­ner for North East Kent, said he could not be sat­is­fied Luke had tried to take his own life.

Read­ing his con­clu­sion at Can­ter­bury Mag­is­trates’ Court last Wed­nes­day, Mr Mor­ris said: “Luke was well and happy. He kept in con­tact with his fam­ily through Skype and I get the im­pres­sion of a happy young man who en­joyed the so­cial as­pect of uni­ver­sity to the full.

“He had been to a party with stu­dents where he had a good time and where he had drunk a sig­nif­i­cant amount of al­co­hol, not be­cause of un­hap­pi­ness but be­cause he en­joyed a drink.

“It must have come as a dev­as­tat­ing blow and a com­plete shock to his fam­ily and friends when he suf­fered a fa­tal in­jury which led to his death.

“It ap­pears that the French po­lice ini­tially viewed this as Luke at­tempt­ing to take his own life, but sui­cide can never be pre­sumed.

“The driver of the train did not get a good look at what hap­pened, only that he saw a man stand­ing away from the other pas­sen­gers wait­ing on the plat­form.

“On the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties and tak­ing into ac­count Luke’s state of mind, his plans for the fu­ture and the amount of al­co­hol he had drunk, I con­sider it more likely than not that Luke sim­ply stum­bled and fell on to the path of the train.”

He recorded a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal

Luke McCarthy died af­ter be­ing struck by a train at La Motte-Pic­quet Grenelle un­der­ground sta­tion, be­low, in Paris. He had been at a party be­fore­hand

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