Coroner suggests headphones played a part in runner’s death in traffic accident

headphone played a part in runner's death

An enquiry into the death of Peter Day, a runner who was sadly killed by a lorry when running on the A507 carriageway in June has found that his headphones are likely to have played a part in his death.

The court heard he had “run straight out into the road” into the path of the Mercedes HGV, and that the driver had insufficient time to avoid hitting him.

Geoffrey Sullivan, a senior coroner for Hertfordshire, told the Old Courthouse, Mr Day’s “headphones are likely to have prevented him from hearing the lorry.”

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The collision investigator, Peter Wood, also told the court that dashcam footage of the lorry showed Day looking across the road, but not right, tragically missing the lorry coming along the road.

According to reports, the lorry driver had about 21 meters and 1.2 seconds to react and despite swerving to the left and braking, was unable to avoid the collision.

Day’s wife Cilla said: “We were a very close family. Peter loved to be at home with us, he was very family-orientated and very traditional. He was a quiet and gentle person."

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