Bus-death dad may have been dis­tracted by phone – in­quest

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A “lov­ing and car­ing” dad may have been “dis­tracted” by his mo­bile phone when he walked in front of a bus, an in­quest heard.

Paul Stan­ley Leni­han , 46, from Mor­ris­ton, died fol­low­ing the crash in Swansea on Fri­day, Jan­uary 27.

He went to cross the road and was hit by a First Cymru sin­gle-decker bus head­ing into Wood­field Street.

South Wales Po­lice PC Paul Jones gave ev­i­dence at the hear­ing at Swansea Coroner’s Court yes­ter­day, and read wit­ness state­ments of pas­sen­gers on the bus when it hit Mr Leni­han.

PC Jones read a wit­ness state­ment by pas­sen­ger David Mitchell, who said: “I saw some­thing hit the wind­screen, caus­ing it to crack.

“It was as if it had come from nowhere. At this point I didn’t even know if it was a per­son.”

“The driver said ‘I have hit some­one’. He sounded hys­ter­i­cal. Other pas­sen­gers started to get off the bus.”

He added: “I don’t be­lieve the driver had a chance to stop even if he had seen him.”

PC Jones also read a state­ment given by the bus driver, Andrew Powe.

Mr Powe said: “I re­mem­ber he [Mr Leni­han] was hold­ing some­thing in his hand and was look­ing down.”

PC Smith, who at­tended the scene, said: “At the mo­ment he walked out, the col­li­sion was un­avoid­able.”

He added that Mr Leni­han had what ap­peared to have an il­lu­mi­nated mo­bile in his hand and that it was “en­tirely plau­si­ble” it “di­verted his at­ten­tion from his sur­round­ings”.

Coroner Colin Phillips recorded an ac­ci­den­tal con­clu­sion and that the cause of death was from crush in­juries.

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