A pensioner who died after being struck by a reversing minibus in Essex has been named for the first time.
Emergency services were called to St Helens Road in Westcliff-on-Sea on Tuesday, November 9 at around 4pm with reports a minibus had struck a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, a man in his 80s, was rushed to Kings Collage Hospital in London, in a life-threatening condition where he continued to fight for his life until he sadly died on December 4.
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The driver of the minibus was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.
He has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.
At Essex Coroner’s Court in Chelmsford this morning, the name of the pensioner who sadly died as a result of the crash has been named (December 23).
Area coroner for Essex, Michelle Brown formally opened the inquest into the death of 84-year-old Anthony Whitty, who lived in Westcliff-on-Sea.
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The court heard that the minibus had been reversing when it struck Mr Whitty.
Mr Whitty subsequently fell and struck his head.
An ambulance was called which conveyed Mr Whitty to Kings College Hospital in London, where he was in a life-threatening condition.
He subsequently passed away on December 4.
A post-mortem examination was conducted by pathologist Doctor Benjamin Swift, who gave the cause of death as bronchopneumonia and traumatic head injury.
Coroner Brown confirmed that the date of Mr Whitty’s full inquest will be suspended pending a police investigation that is currently taking place.
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