Pensioner died from ‘multiple injuries’ after car accident
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.”