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Death of Swanley man Jamie Carter on M25 remains a mystery
3:02pm Monday 16th December 2013 in News
A SWANLEY man was run over by a truck on the M25, an inquest has heard.
Jamie Carter, of Waylands, was hit by a DAF truck at around 3.30am on May 15 after parking his car on the hard shoulder.
The 42-year-old lithographer died of multiple injuries, a post-mortem examination concluded, after being hit on the clockwise stretch of the motorway between Junction 3 at the Swanley Interchange and Junction 4, Orpington.
Friedrich Tophan, from Romford, was driving the UPS goods vehicle which hit Mr Carter.
He told the inquest: “It was dark but I could see a car on the hard shoulder. I didn’t see anything else.
“Suddenly I saw a white man with his hands outstretched in front of me.
“He went into my path. I think he must have been crouching down behind the vehicle because otherwise I would have seen him."
Witness Keith Hylands, from Sittingbourne, told the inquest: “I thought something had fallen out of the vehicle in front of me.
“It became obvious there was a body in the middle lane of the motorway.”
Coroner Roger Hatch recorded an open verdict at Gravesend Old Town Hall on December 4.
He said: “There is no explanation as to why he was in the driving lanes of the carriageway.
“I extend my sympathies to the family.”
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