Death-crash victim ‘almost invisible’ to car-drivers

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MOTORISTS have explained how they did all they could to avoid hitting a 60-year-old Hucknall man who died in a tragic smash — six years after his stepson was killed on a nearby stretch of road.

Graham Outram-Goss, of Broxtowe Drive, was in collision with two cars on the stretch of Hucknall bypass between Wood Lane and Watnall Road at 7.40 pm on Wednesday March 9.

Simon Outram (18), who was the son of Mr Outram-Goss’s wife, Rosemarie, was killed in an horrific accident on the A611 Annesley bypass in 2005.

An inquest in Nottingham heard that Mr Outram-Goss may have been “almost invisible” to the motorists, who were driving a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Focus.

There was also mystery as to how Mr Outram-Goss had been in the road.

Specialist police investigators who carried out a re-enactment told the inquest that a combination of darkness and the glare of headlights from oncoming traffic meant the drivers would not have seen Mr Outram-Goss until they hit him.

Lesley Statton, who was driving the Fiesta, attempted to avoid Mr Outram-Goss at the last minute and swerved into oncoming traffic. But there was nothing she could do.

“My daughter (a front-seat passenger) and I both saw him at the same time. She screamed and I swerved the car.

“I don’t remember seeing him before we were more or less on him.”

David Curtis, of Gotham, was driving the Focus and also hit Mr Outram-Goss, who was lying in the road. He said there was nothing he could do.

Crash investigator PC Andy Fletcher said the drivers did all they could.

A post-mortem revealed that Mr Outram-Goss died of multiple injuries, including fractures to his ribs, pelvis, spine and skull. He also suffered injuries to his liver and brain.

Nottinghamshire Coroner, Mairin Casey, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

She said: “Pedestrian crossings are there for a very good reason and a lot of effort goes into considering where there best place is to have them.

“For poor Graham, he was just in a hurry, I’m sure, and it was simply just an accident.”