Pen­sioner died from ‘mul­ti­ple in­juries’ af­ter car ac­ci­dent

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A PEN­SIONER who was hit by a car died al­most 18 months later af­ter be­ing left badly in­jured, an in­quest heard.

Mar­cel Snell, of Brid­gend, was in­jured af­ter be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle while out walk­ing on De­cem­ber 17, 2015.

The 73-year-old was hit by a Mazda car and later had to have his left leg am­pu­tated.

Af­ter bat­tling health prob­lems, Mr Snell died on May 15, 2017.

PC Street, of South Wales Po­lice, spoke of his in­volve­ment in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the hear­ing in Aber­dare on Wed­nes­day.

Although he was not called to the scene when the crash took place, he played a part in analysing ev­i­dence.

He said: “From the CCTV footage, we can estimate the driver was not driv­ing more than 29mph at the time of im­pact.

“I can­not say for sure how fast he was driv­ing be­fore.”

The in­quest was told driver Ni­cholas Burgess ap­peared in Cardiff Mag­is­trates’ Court fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent but the case was later dis­missed.

Dur­ing the in­quest the court heard a state­ment the driver pro­vided in which he said he had not been drink­ing al­co­hol and had not taken any drugs.

The driver also claimed he did not see Mr Snell ap­proach­ing be­fore the col­li­sion took place.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Mr Snell’s daugh­ter Caro­line Minifey de­scribed how her fa­ther lost his in­de­pen­dence fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent. She said: “Dad was a very proud man. “He was of­fered coun­selling af­ter the ac­ci­dent but he was wor­ried peo­ple would think he had gone mad.

“He used to be able to get about but he was later con­fined to a wheel­chair.

“As long as the driver was sorry, that was enough for him. That was the type of per­son he was.”

Mr Snell ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of health prob­lems fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent and also had sep­sis.

He also fell out of his wheel­chair at his home which led to him frac­tur­ing his hip.

Af­ter hear­ing de­tails about the ac­ci­dent and re­ports from a se­ries of medical pro­fes­sion­als, Coroner An­drew Barkley con­cluded in­juries sus­tained from the ac­ci­dent ul­ti­mately led to his death.

Mr Barkley said: “Mr Snell has been de­scribed as an in­tel­li­gent, hard-work­ing fam­ily man who sus­tained a se­ries of in­juries from the ac­ci­dent that oc­curred.

“I con­clude that Mar­cel Lau­rence Snell’s death was caused as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple in­juries when he was in­volved in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in De­cem­ber 2015.”

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